The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on Saturday announced the entries of world record holders Brigade Kosegi and Ababel Yashah for the upcoming event, adding glitter to the already star-studded arena.
The event is part of a countdown to the World Athletics Gold Label Race.
At the Chicago Marathon in October 2019, Kenya’s Kosegi stunned the world when she broke the women’s world marathon record by more than a minute, clocking 2:14:04.
Yasinah was second on that occasion, but still made a brilliant personal run of 2:20:51.
However, the table was changed to the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in February this year, when the final leg of the race saw a contest between the pair with Yeshnah of Ethiopia with 64.231 with Kosegi second in a world record 64:31 Stayed at the location.
In his most recent outing last month, 26-year-old Kossegi won the rescheduled London Marathon in 2:18:58, while 29-year-old Yeshan struggled with misfortune and fell to the World Athletic Half Marathon Championships in Poland. With just three kilometers remaining, that knocked her out of the medal contest, though she recovered quickly to finish fifth.
While elite runners will be on the start line at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, enthusiasts from all over the world will join the event using the new Airtel Delhi Half Marathon mobile app.
Participants can walk from their own venue facility, anytime from 25 November to 29 November.
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said, “We give our full support in this event which is the pride of India and welcomes the best athletes of the world to our capital city.” Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra is the brand ambassador of the event.
Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is the historic moment of epidemic onset. This is a very important event. We have slowly resumed the games in different parts of the world and now it is wonderful to see that we will have ADHM in Delhi.
“The event will be the benchmark for all future tournaments,” said Bindra, who claimed a gold medal in the 10-meter air rifle shooting at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The event will follow the highest level of safety standards, with bio-safe areas to ensure COVID-free running for elite runners. All mandatory protocols have been put in place for the event crew, vendors and suppliers, elite athletes, media and all guests as per the advice issued by the Government of India.
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