Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2017 attracts elite runners from across the world. Nandini Reddy profiles six of the best runners at the event this year who you should definitely meet.
The best marathon runners of our time will be at the ADHM this year. So if you want to meet the ones who inspire millions every year with their enviable timings and unbeatable endurance skills, then you should be at the ADHM start and finish line this year. I am profiling six of the best men and women runners who will be at the start line of the ADHM marathon this year.
Geoffrey Kirui is a Kenyan long-distance runner who has run in cross-country races, track races and road marathons across the world. Kirui started his winning streak in 2011, when he won gold at the African Junior Athletics Championship in the 10,000m race. Kirui is the current reigning champion of the World Championships in marathon with a time of 2:08:27 hours. This Boston Marathon 2017 winner is the first Kenyan to win the race after a drought of many years. His specialties include 10000 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, Cross, Half Marathon, Marathon, and Cross team event.
This Ethiopian long distance runner boasts of having the top six finishes in the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. Tola made his half marathon debut in 2013 and made a quick climb to a marathon debut with a time of 2:06:17 hours for fourth at the high-profile Dubai Marathon. Several good performances on the circuit in late 2015/early 2016 led to wins at the Cross Internacional de Itálica, Cross International de la Constitución, Boclassic and Great Ethiopian Run. The 26 year old runner won his first Olympic bronze in the 10,000 m race at Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Tola broke the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 2017 course record, clocking 2:04:11 at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race,
This year’s TCS Bangalore World 10Kwinner , Kenyan Alex Korio clocked a stunning time of 28:12 minutes. The Elite runner specializes in track and road running and has competed in several prestigious half marathon’s clocking in a career best time of 58:51 minutes this year at the Copenhagen Half Marathon. Korio is placed 7th in the world ranking for men’s road running and is a favourite at half marathon events.
This Ethiopian born, long distance runner is a fan favourite and has made it a habit to break records. Ayana broke the 10,000 metres world record, set in 1993, while winning the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She ran the 10,000 m competitively for the first time at the June 2016 Ethiopian Olympic trials in Hengelo, Netherlands where she posted the fastest ever debut time of 30:07. Ayana also took home the gold in the World Championships 2017, for the 10,000m.
Degefa is an Ethiopian long distance runner who has won several half marathon’s worldwide. Her first win was the Yangzhou Jianzhen Half Marathon which she completed in 1:08:43 hours. Lisbon Half Marathon, Gothenburgsvarvet and Prague Half Marathon are a few of her recent wins. Degefa debuted and won the prestigious Dubai marathon this year in the women’s race with a timing of 2:22:36 hours.
This Kenyan long distance runner is the most popular female runner in the half marathon circuit. Chepkorir’s debut into the world of running began in 2003 with her first silver win at the World Youth Championships in Athletics. Her half marathon career started in 2008 and she has competed and won in some of the most elite races across the world including the Berlin Half Marathon, Nairobi Half Marathon, Udine Half Marathon and the Corrida Internacional de São Silvestre. She is one of the top ten runners for 10K runs with a timing of 30:57 minutes. Her personal best in the half marathon has been 67:17 minutes.
These impressive elite runners set new benchmarks with their achievements every year. Get a chance to meet them when you run the ADHM this weekend.
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An irregular runner who has run in dry, wet, high altitude and humid conditions. Loves to write a little more than run so now is the managing editor of Finisher Magazine.