Athletics: Four of world's fastest target Chicago marathon records
AFPCHICAGO -- Four of the world's fastest marathon runners and the top two finishers in last year's women's race are primed for the Oct. 13 Chicago Marathon, organizers said Thursday.
September 7, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Kenya's Moses Mosop, Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai, and Ethiopian Ayele Abshero all rank among the top 11 marathon performers in history. Mosop leads the way as the second fastest marathoner of all-time with a personal best of 2 hours 3 minutes, 6 seconds. Kimetto owns a personal best of 2:04:16, Abshero has posted a 2:04:23 and Mutai a 2:04:40.
In the women's race, Ethiopia's Atsede Baysa and Kenya's Rita Jeptoo will face one another for the first time Baysa edged Jeptoo in a thrilling sprint finish last year.
“It will be hard to top last year when the top three men all broke the previous course record and the women's race was decided by a single second, but this is the field that can do it,” said executive race director Carey Pinkowski.
“These athletes are among the most exciting in the sport, not only with their fast times, but with their proven ability to win on the biggest stages in the world. We have two returning champions in Moses from 2011 and Atsede with her memorable victory last year. They are the ones to beat, but they'll have their work cut out for them against deep competition.”
The men's field will challenge the course record of 2:04:38 set last year by Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede, who represented his country this summer at the IAAF World Championships marathon.
Mosop was the runaway winner in 2011 but missed last year's race due to his selection for Kenya's 2012 Olympic team and his subsequent injury.