The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Saturday introduced the entries of world record holders Brigid Kosgei and Ababel Yeshaneh for the upcoming occasion, including lustre to an already star-studded field.
The occasion is a part of the countdown to the World Athletics Gold Label Race.
At the Chicago Marathon in October 2019, Kenya’s Kosgei shocked the world when she broke the lengthy-standing girls’s world marathon record by greater than a minute, clocking 2:14:04.
Yeshaneh was a distant second on that event however nonetheless ran an outstanding private finest of two:20:51.
However, the tables had been turned on the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February this 12 months when a contest between the pair within the closing levels of the race noticed Ethiopia’s Yeshaneh prevail in a world record 64:31 with Kosgei second in 64:49.
In their most up-to-date outings final month, the 26-12 months-outdated Kosgei received the rescheduled London Marathon in 2:18:58 whereas the 29-12 months-outdated Yeshaneh had to cope with misfortune and fell on the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Poland, with simply over three kilometres remaining, which took her out of medal rivalry though she recovered shortly to end fifth.
While the elite runners will probably be at first line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, amateurs the world over will be a part of the occasion utilizing the brand new Airtel Delhi Half Marathon Mobile App.
The contributors can run from the comfort of their very own location, anytime between November 25 and November 29.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju stated, “We extend our full support to this event that is India’s pride and welcome the world’s best athletes to our capital city.” Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra is the model ambassador of the occasion.
“The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is a historic moment post the start of the pandemic. This is a very important event. We have slowly seen sports resume in different parts of the world and now it’s wonderful to see that we will have ADHM happening in Delhi.
“This event will be the benchmark for all tournaments that will be held in the future,” Bindra, who claimed the gold medal in 10m air rifle taking pictures within the 2008 Beijing Games, stated.
The occasion will observe the very best degree of security-requirements, with bio-safe zones to guarantee a COVID free race for the elite runners. All necessary protocols according to the advisory issued by the Government of India have been laid out for the occasion crew, distributors and suppliers, elite athletes, media and all friends.