The two times World 5,000m champion Muktar Idris has set his eyes on breaking the 17th edition of the Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon that will be held on October 16, 2022 in New Delhi, India.
The 28 year-old who has just come out of injury and has landed in India will be targeting to lower the course record of 58:53 that was set in 2020 by his compatriot Amedework Walelegn.
Idris comes to this race with a personal best of 58:40 that he got last year at the Valencia Half Marathon where he finished a distant sixth.
The 2013 World team Cross Country champion is familiar with this territory after making his debut in 2020 and finishing in sixth place in 59:04.
“Sunday will be my third half marathon race and I will certainly chase the course record. I am back and in good shape,” said Idris.
Two weeks ago Idris ran his first race since the World championships and got a morale booster 10km win in Trento, Italy.
Idris will not have an easy time as he will battle for the honors with Kenya’s Felix Kipkoech and Chala Regasa from Ethiopia, the two athletes are coming to this race with the second and third fastest time on paper of 58:57 and 59:10 respectively.
The winner will take home a cool $27,000 and $12,000 bonus if he takes down the course record.