Kenya’s Georgina Jepkirui Rono will start as favourites at the 26th edition of the Lattelecom Riga Marathon that will be held on Sunday (20) in Riga, Latvia.
The 37 year-old, has a pair of high profile podium finishes to her name, second place in Frankfurt in 2012 where she clocked her 2:21.39 career best, and a third place finish in Boston earlier that year. She can also boast of victories in Eindhoven and Hannover. More recently, she was third at the Dongying Marathon in 2017 clocking 2:28.52.
Rono will battle with last year’s runner-up Kikuyo Tsuzaki of Japan, whose 2:31.32 career best came on this course in 2017. Two-time Warsaw Marathon winner Nastassia Ivanova from Belarus should also be a factor.
Rono comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.39 that she got at Frankfurt in 2012, but ran season best of 2:28.03 that she got last month when defending her Warsaw title.
Ethiopian Tigist Teshome, will also be on the start line as comes with her lifetime best of 2:29.57 that she got at the Castellon Marathon in February.