The reigning Vienna City Marathon champion, Leonard Langat will be the man on a hard mission at the 26th edition of the Ljubljana Marathon that will be held on Sunday (23) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
The 32 year-old who comes to this race with a life time best of 2:09.25 that he got in April in Vienna where he took the honors will have an uphill task of battling for honors with four Ethiopians who have gone under sub 2:09.
Langat who last year controversially took honors at the Vienna City after finishing in second place in 2:09.25 but was reinstated to first position after Derara Hurisa was disqualified for wearing shoes that are not compliant with the rules.
Langat will face-off with Ethiopia’s Kelkile Gezahegn Woldaregay who is the fastest athlete on paper with a time of 2:05.56 that he got in 2018 at the Rotterdam Marathon where he took the bronze medal.
The two will have to get past Merhawi Kesete Weldemaryam and Henok Tesfay Ghebreab both from Ethiopia who also will be battling for the top position as they come to this race with personal bests of 2:06.36 and 2:08.08 respectively.
Another title contender is the reigning silver medalist at Copenhagen Marathon, Henok Tesfay Ghebreab who also comes to this race with a personal best of 2:08.39.
The reigning Mediterranean Games, Half Marathon champion, Mohcin Outalha will also be on the start list as he comes to the race with a life time best of 2:09.55 that he got at home during this year’s Marrakech Marathon where he finished in fourth place on his debut over the distance.
The organisers have assembled such a vibrant and strong elite team to try and chase the race course record of 2:04.58 that was set in 2018 by Sisay Lemma from Ethiopia.
- Kelkile Gezahegn Woldaregay (ETH) 2:05.56
- Merhawi Kesete Weldemaryam (ETH) 2:06.36
- Abdela Godana Gemeda (ETH) 2:08.08
- Henok Tesfay Ghebreab (ETH) 2:08.39
- Leonard Langat (KEN) 2:09.25
- Mohcin Outalha (MOR) 2:09.55