Kenya’s Vivian Kiplagat returns to defend her title at the 3rd edition of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon that will be held on 26, November in Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The 30 year-old carries a personal best of 2:21.11 that she got here in the 2019 edition and she hopes to lower it depending the elite athletes that she has been paired with that includes Alemu Megertu from Ethiopia who Is the 40th fastest woman in the world. The 24 year-old experienced marathon runner with nine marathons under her belt will be a hard nut to beat as she also comes to this race with a personal best of 2:21.10 that she got at the 2010 Mainova Frankfurt Marathon.
Kiplagat and Megertu both will have their eyes set on the race course record of 2:20.16 that was set in 2019 by Ababel Yeshaneh Brihane from Ethiopia.
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 records of 2:20.16.