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Reuben Kipyego to battle Abel Kirui at the Abu Dhabi Marathon

Kenya’s Reuben Kiprop Kipyego will face an uphill task while defending his title at the 3rd edition of the Abu Dhabi Marathon that will be held on 26, November in Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Kipyego returns to this race with a personal best of 2:03.55 which he got early this year at the Generali Milano Marathon and this time has placed him as the 20th fastest runner in the world.

The 25 years-old will battle with the two times World Champion Abel Kirui who carries a personal best of 2:05.04 that he got in 2009 at the Rotterdam Marathon where he finished in third place.

The 2012 London Olympic silver medallist, is one runner who has maintained his running status for the last 16 years in marathon and other road running championships across the world.

Kipyegon had been selected to be a pacemaker but he turned the tables as ran away with the 2019 title beating runner-up Joel Kimurer by a minute and 41 seconds. As the marathon champion, Kipyego earned $100,000 in prize money.

The race have put the two top athletes together to try and target the race course record that was set in the first edition of 2:04.04 by Marius Kipserem from Kenya.

Speaking on the confirmation of the latest world-class athletes, Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “As we return for our much-anticipated third edition, this year’s elite level line-up will see some of the world’s best male and female runners heading to Abu Dhabi to compete for the top prize. With two ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon champions returning in 2021 to defend their title, we can look ahead to an incredible display of competition and talent, further enhancing the event’s global reputation as one of the most prestigious races to participate at. We are proud that they have chosen our wonderful city and this fantastic event, and we look forward to welcoming them to the start line in Abu Dhabi.”

The total prize fund for the 2021 Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon is worth $303,000 (Dhs1.11 million) and will be shared across the various categories, with both elite male and female marathon winners taking home $50,000 (Dhs183,500) each.

A bonus cash of $30,000 is also being awarded, should they break the current course record.

Joel Kimurer to battle Nicholas Kirwa at the Paris Marathon

Kenya’s Nicholas Kirwa will battle for top honors at the 45th Paris Marathon that will be held on Sunday (17) in Paris, France.

Kirwa comes to this race as the fastest runner on paper with a time of 2:05.01 that he got at the Generali Milano Marathon in May of this year.

The 27 year-old will face off with Joel Kemboi Kimurer whom they met in Milano but Kirwa beat him hands down as he gave a kick of a life time leaving Kimurer with no option but to settle in second 2:05.19.

Two more Kenyans will also be on the start list, Elisha Rotich and Stephen Chebogut. Rotich comes in as the second fastest runner on paper with 2:06.44 while Chebogut has a pb of 2:05.52 that he got at the 2015 Eindhoven Marathon.

Ethiopia have put their hopes in Abdi Fufa who carries a personal best of  2:05.57 that he got early this year at the Xiamen Marathon where he finished in second place.

Ethiopia’s Ashenafi Moges and Moris Munene Gachaga from Kenya have been lined up also to fight for the honors. Moges has a personal best of 2:06.12 that he got at the 2019 Maratón Valencia while Gachaga holds a pb of 2:06.24 that he got at the 2019 Amsterdam Marathon.

France has their hope in the fastest French man Hassan Chahdi who holds 2:09.11.

The race organisers have assembled this team of elite athletes to try and lower the race course record of 2:05.04 that was set in 2014 by Kenenissa Bekele from Ethiopia.

14 Elite athletes withdraw from the Chicago Marathon

The race organizers 43rd edition of the Chicago Marathon has announced significant changes to their elite field.

Fourteen (14) elite athletes have withdrawn while seventeen elite athletes (17) have been added.

Among those who have withdrawn in the men category include Getaneh Molla from Ethiopia who holds a personal best of 2:03.34, Bahrain’s Hassan El Abbassi of 2:04.43, Kenya’s Joel Kimurer who has a personal best of 2:05.19, Laban Korir of 2:05.54, and Masato Kikuchi of 2:07.20 from Japan.

The top women elites who have withdrawn are Mexico’s Vianney De La Rosa who has a personal best of 2:20.04 and Britain’s Rosie Edwards of pb 2:31.56.

The oraganisers have now included Kenya’s Dickson Chumba who has appeared on the Chicago podium three times including a victory in 2015 and he holds a personal best of 2:04.32.

The fastest man that has been included in this field is Reuben Kipyego from Kenya who comes to this race with 2:03.55 that he got early this year at the Generali Milano Marathon, where he finished in second place.

Kenya’s Eric Kiptanui—also known as “captain of the pacemakers” and “kingmaker” for his work leading a team of 41 pacemakers to help teammate Eliud Kipchoge run a blistering 1:59.40 marathon in Vienna in –2019—enters this year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon with a fresh personal best, 2:05:47.

Japan’s nation’s national marathon record holder, Kengo Suzuki of who holds a personal best of 2:04.56  and Ethiopia’s Chalu Deso of pb 2:04.53 who finished sixth at the Valencia Marathon in 2020 have also been included.

The women elite side, Vivian Kiplagat comes with a personal best of 2:21.11 with Ethiopia’s Meseret Belete who holds a pb of 2:24.54 and Americans Carrie Dimoff and Maegan Krifchin both with personal best of 2:31.12 and 2:33.14respectively have joined the race.

The top runners will receive USD 55,000, down from USD 100,000 in 2019 when the race was last contested. The winning wheelchair athletes will receive $20,000, and the top American runners will get $15,000 (equal to 2019). Although the event has a history of fast times, organizers are not offering any publicly-reported time bonuses this year.

Kenyans Brigid Kosgei and Lawrence Cherono, who are the reigning champion will not be racing this year. Kosgei who set a world record of 2:14.04 when she won the 2019 edition, ran the Virgin Money London Marathon last Sunday and finished fourth. She also won the silver medal at the Olympic Marathon in Sapporo last August. Cherono, finished fourth at the Olympic Marathon and has not been announced for a fall marathon.

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