Olympic Marathon Champion Peres Jepchirchir,will make debut at 50th edition of the New York City Marathon that will be held on 7, November 2021 in New York.
Jepchirhir will have a rematch with Tokyo 2020 marathon bronze medallist Molly Seidel of the United States.
In what is the deepest American field in recent years, Seidel will have tough competition against fellow U.S. teammates from Tokyo, Sally Kipyego and Aliphine Tuliamuk. Fellow Olympian Emily Sisson will be returning to the marathon distance after finishing 10th in the 10,000m with a teime of 31:09 on the track. Sisson holds the second-fastest time in the elite field – 2:23.08, just behind the 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden of 2:22.28 who is also racing New York.
Jepchirchir comes to the TCS New York Marathon off not only winning the Olympic gold in Tokyo but six straight road race wins in her last six races. The 27 year-old is the race favourite.
Another Kenyan who will be chasing for the podium is Violah Cheptoo who will also be making her debut in the marathon, with a personal bests of 1:06 over the half-marathon distance and 30:55 for 10Km.