World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei will defend her London Marathon title that will be held on 3rd October in London.
The 27-year-old who won a silver Medal behind Peres Jepchirchir at the just concluded Tokyo Olympic Games will be aiming for her third consecutive London Marathon victory.
“Last year’s win was very special, particularly given what the whole world was going through – it was fantastic just to have the London Marathon organised and even more so to be the winner,” Kosgei was quoted saying in a statement from the race organisers.
The Elgeyo-Marakwet County born beat the previous world record set 16 years by Paula Radcliffe by 1 minute 24 seconds in Chicago in 2019.
Kosgei will be, racing again just eight weeks after the very testing conditions of the Olympic Games marathon in Sapporo, will be challenged by reigning TCS New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and six other women who have run under two hours and 20 minutes.
The elite women’s field includes Ethiopians Roza Dereje (ETH), whose PB of 2:18.30 makes her the tenth-fastest female marathoner of all time, and Birhane Dibaba of a PB of 2:18.35, who won the Tokyo Marathon in 2018 and 2015 and finished second in the same race on three other occasions (2020, 2017 and 2014).
Valary Jemeli also from Kenya has been included in the star studded list carrying on her shoulder a personal best of 2:19.10, that she got at the 2019 Frankfurt Marathon. Ethiopia’s Zeineba Yimer and Tigist Girma who have 2:19.28 and 2:19.50 are also lined up for the top honors battle.
Also included is Australia’s Sinead Diver, who has had two top 10 Virgin Money London Marathon finishes in the past two years and was tenth at the Tokyo Olympics.