On Saturday, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon announced the entries of world record holders Brigid Kosgei and Ababel Yeshaneh for the upcoming event, adding luster to an already starry field. (More football news)
The event is part of the countdown to the World Athletics Gold Label race.
At the Chicago Marathon in October 2019, Kenyan Kosgei stunned the world by breaking the women’s marathon world record by over a minute, with a time of 2:14:04.
Yeshaneh was far second on the occasion, but still set a superb personal best 2:20:51.
However, the tables were turned during the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February this year when a competition between the two in the final stages of the race saw Ethiopian Yeshaneh win in a world record of 64:31 with Kosgei second in 64:49.
In their most recent outings last month, Kosgei, 26, won the rescheduled London Marathon in 2:18:58 while Yeshaneh, 29, faced misfortune and fell at the World Athletics Championships half marathon in Poland. , with just over three kilometers to go, which got her out of the medal race, although she quickly recovered to finish fifth.
While elite runners will be at the start line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, fans from all over the world will join the event using the new Airtel Delhi Half Marathon mobile app.
Participants can run from their own location, any time between November 25 and 29.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said: “We give our full support to this proud event of India and welcome the world’s best athletes to our capital.”
Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra is the brand ambassador for the event.
“The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is a historic moment after the start of the pandemic. It is a very important event. We have slowly seen the sport pick up in different parts of the world and now it is wonderful to see ADHM will take place in Delhi.
“This event will be the benchmark for all tournaments taking place in the future,” said Bindra, who won gold in 10m air rifle shooting at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The event will follow the highest level of safety standards, with bio-secure areas to ensure a COVID-free run for elite runners.
All mandatory protocols as per the advice issued by the Government of India have been established for the event team, vendors and suppliers, elite athletes, media and all guests.
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