Returning champions, Olympians and record-holders to satisfy in New York this Sunday

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The fiftieth operating of the New York Metropolis Marathon is ready to kick off this Sunday, November seventh, with a stacked discipline of elites within the males’s, girls’s and wheelchair occasions. Olympic champion, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir will headline the ladies’s race, and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele would be the one to look at on the lads’s facet, solely six weeks after putting third within the Berlin Marathon. Canadian followers may also have the chance to cheer on just a few of our nation’s prime females, together with Rachel Hannah and 2016 Olympian Krista DuChene.

The ladies’s race

Peres Jepchirchir on the end line of the World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships, which she gained in a girls’s-only world file of 1:05:16.

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Within the remaining weeks main as much as the race, a number of outstanding athletes have scratched from the ladies’s begin checklist, together with Emily Sisson, Aliphine Tuliamuk, and Des Linden. Regardless, the elite discipline remains to be start-studded, and operating followers in all places may have the chance to look at the 2 of the highest three finishers on the Tokyo Olympic Marathon go head-to-head once more solely three months after taking the streets of Sapporo. Jepchirchir, the Tokyo Olympic gold medallist, might be vying for the highest spot on the rostrum as soon as once more, and her resume as a two-time world champion within the half-marathon with a marathon private greatest of two:17:16 will make her the favorite to take house the win.

After they’re not watching Jepchirchir, all eyes might be on American Molly Seidel to see what she’ll accomplish in New York after her unbelievable bronze-medal efficiency in Tokyo. After her summer time success, Seidel moved to Flagstaff, Ariz. from Boston to deal with her marathon construct, feeling assured heading into the race. Namibia’s Helalia Johannes, a four-time Olympian and 2019 World Championships bronze medalist, may also be preventing for a spot on the rostrum, as will Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga, who gained the Tokyo Marathon and completed third on the TCS New York Metropolis Marathon in 2019.

Different notable athletes who might be taking to the streets of the Massive Apple embrace the 2019 Chicago Marathon runner-up Ababel Yeshaneh, Greece’s 10,000-meter record-holder Alexi Pappasfive-time Olympian Bernard Lagat’s sister, Viola Cheptoo, and 2012 Olympic silver medalist Sally Kipyego. Hannah and DuChene might be joined by Kate Gustafson and 2016 Olympian Lanni Marchant as the highest Canadians to be careful for on Sunday.

The boys’s race

The match-up of the weekend on the lads’s facet might be between Olympic silver medallist Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands and Bekele, a four-time Olympic medallist. Bekele tried to interrupt the marathon world file solely six weeks in the past in Berlin, however sadly got here up quick. Whereas the New York Marathon course just isn’t identified for operating world-record paces, he’ll little doubt be searching for redemption after his third-place end in Germany.

This might be Bekele’s first time operating the New York Metropolis Marathon, the place he might be joined by a number of different first-timers, together with half-marathon world record-holder, Kenya’s Kibiwott Kandie, and Nice Britain’s Callum Hawkins. The highest American on the final two NYC Marathons, Jared Ward, may also be on the beginning line and may have powerful competitors towards a six-time U.S. nationwide champion, Ben True, who’s making his marathon debut. The second and third-place finishers from the 2019 New York Marathon, Kenya’s Albert Korir and Ethiopia’s Girma Bekele Gebre, may also be making their return on Sunday to defend their spots on the rostrum.

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The wheelchair division

There might be loads of large names to be careful for within the wheelchair division on Sunday, with all eyes on marathon world record-holder, American Daniel Romanchukwho might be on the hunt for his third consecutive win, after he was the youngest athlete ever (and the primary American) to win the New York Marathon in 2018. Regardless of his latest success, Romanchuk isn’t a assured win, and three-time New York champion, Marcel Hug of Switzerland, might be difficult him for the title. Each para-athletes are inside just a few factors of each other within the Abbott World Majors Collection X standings. Romanchuk leads Hug by 9 factors going into the ultimate race of the 12 months. If Hug wins, he’ll shut the hole and win the Abbott Collection X title, plus the US$100,000 prize purse for the first-place. It’s protected to say loads is on the road for these two para-athletes.

South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk, who’s additionally gained twice and is a 10-time winner of the Boston Marathon, and eight-time London Marathon champion David Weir, may also be vying for a spot on the rostrum.

Manuela Schär (centre) with Tatyana McFadden (left) and third-place finisher Susannah Scaroni on the end of the 2019 New York Metropolis Marathon. (Picture: Twitter/TCS New York Metropolis Marathon)

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On the ladies’s facet, Switzerland’s Manuela Schär might be searching for her fourth consecutive win on Sunday, and if she succeeds, will probably be her tenth consecutive Abbott World Marathon Majors race title. Though Schär has already clinched the Abbott Collection X title, she might be going through off towards 2020 London Marathon champion Nikita den Boer of the Netherlands, five-time champion and 17-time Paralympic medalist Tatyana McFadden of the U.S. and two-time champion and seven-time U.S. Paralympic medalist Amanda McGrory.



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