World famous runner to take part in Airtel Delhi Half Marathon
The world's fastest half marathon of the year, Ethiopian Atsedu Tsegay, has confirmed his participation for the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, with the sole aim of attempting to lower the world record.
It is noted that Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is the world's prestigious half marathon, which is scheduled at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on September 30, 2012. This is the fifth edition of the half marathon organize in New Delhi.
According to organizing sources, the women's race too will see a battle between the Kenyans and Ethiopians, with Namibia's Helalia Johannes, who finished 12th in the marathon at the London Olympics, emerging as the dark horse. Helah Kiprop and Caroline Kilel, with Helen Kimutai, will lead the Kenyans and Irene Mogaka also names to watch out for.
Aselefech Mergia, twice winner and winner of the Dubai Marathon 2012, and Belaynesh Oljira, winner of the Houston Half Marathon 2012 will spearhead the Ethiopian challenge. Also among the notables will be Yimer Wude and Ashu Kasim, who clocked a fast 2:23.09 while winning the Xiamen Marathon recently.
Namibian Helalia, Moroccan Malika Asahssah and Tanzanian Mary Naali can also spring a surprise.
It is noted that the Ethiopians and Kenyans lead a powerful field of men?s athletes, with representation also from Morocco, Tanzania, South Africa and Bahrain will 11 athletes have personal bests of sub-60 minutes.
A total prize money purse of USD 210,000, the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will also offer a bonus of USD 25000 for a new world record and USD 10000 for a new course record.
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