Mumbai Marathon: African athletes aim to continue domination

Updated: Jan 20, 2018, 11:54 IST | PTI

African athletes are likely to dominate proceedings in tomorrow's Tata Mumbai Marathon with all of them, both men and women, geared up for the mega event

Mumbai Marathon's women elite runners Kenyan Bornes Kitur (left), Ethiopian Amane Gobena (centre) and Shuko Genemo during an event in the city yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble
Mumbai Marathon's women elite runners Kenyan Bornes Kitur (left), Ethiopian Amane Gobena (centre) and Shuko Genemo during an event in the city yesterday. Pic/Atul Kamble

African athletes are likely to dominate proceedings in tomorrow's Tata Mumbai Marathon with all of them, both men and women, geared up for the mega event. While in the men's Full Marathon, among the Africans, Solomon Deksisa (Ethiopia), Evans Ruto (Kenya) and his compatriot Joshua Kipkoror are set for the race, while in the Women's category Kenyan Bornes Kitur and Ethiopian Amane Gobena and Shuko Genemo, among others, will compete for the top spot.

In the men's category, American Jeffrey Eggleston can give tough competition to the Africans and may spring a surprise. Kitur, who is the defending champion, said the course was nice and that she enjoyed running in the city.

"The finish (last year) was great and this year the build up to the marathon has been great as well," added Kitur, who has a personal best of 2:29:01. Ethiopian Gobena said she gets motivated to train because she loved the sport. Asked why she has not run from May last year, Gobena said: "I have a good life in Ethiopia and have no other business than running," Gobena quipped.

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