The 2017 World Cross Country Champion, Irene Chepet Cheptai will lead a strong deep field at 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 30 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:06.43 that she got at this event in 2020 where she finished in fourth place.
Cheptai who fresh from taking the honors last month at Birell Praque Grand Prix in Czech Republic recently announced her retirement from the track and now has focus has shifted to the roads.
“Next year, I want to run my first marathon and so this race is part of my preparation and am hoping to win it,” said Cheptai.
The reigning TCS 1oK Bengaluru champion will face-off with World Indoor 3000m champion, Lemlem Hailu from Ethiopia who will be making her debut over the distance.
“To be honest, I am enjoying training for the roads much more than for the track, which is very hard. Training for a race like this is much more relaxed,” said Hailu, who admitted that she was a little nervous about her huge step into unknown territory.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion, Stella Chesang from Uganda will also be on the start line as she battles the two for the top crown.
The race organisers have assembled a strong deep field to try and chase the race course record of 1:06.00 that was set in 2019 by Tsehay Gemechu from Ethiopia.
The winner will take home a cool $27,000 and $12,000 bonus if he takes down the course record.