Africa trio lead elite womens race at London marathon


DEFENDING London marathon champion, Yalemzerf Yehualaw, of Ethiopia will lead a stellar cast of
female elite runners at this years race, which includes Kenyans Brigid Kosgei, the world record
holder, and Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir.

Fellow Ethiopian Almaz Ayana, who made history by running the fastest ever marathon debut
(2:17:20) at the Amsterdam marathon last October, has also been added to the field.

So too has another Ethiopian, Genzebe Dibaba, who is also running in just her second marathon. The
1500m-World record holder, finished second in Amsterdam, behind Ayana.

Fast times will inevitably be at the centre of the event, described by the organisers as the greatest-
ever field assembled for Elite Womens race.

Ten women have run under 2:19, while five others have run under 2:18.

Two of the fastest marathon runners in the world will go up against each other with Bridgid Kosgei
the fastest in the field with a personal best time of 2:14:04 (WR) while Ethiopias Tigist Tufa will be
competing after clocking the third fastest time in history 2:15:37 when clinching the Berlin marathon
last year.

Meanwhile reigning 5000m and 1000m Olympic Champion Sifan Hassan will make her marathon
debut during the Sunday 23 April race.

Elite African athletes at 2023 London Marathon:

Brigid Kosgei KEN (2:14:04 WR)

Tigist Assefa ETH (2:15:37)

Almaz Ayana. ETH (2:17:20)

Yalemzerf Yehualaw ETH (2:17:23)

Genzebe Dibaba ETH (2:18:08)

Asefa Kebede ETH (2:18:05)

Judith Jeptum Korir KEN (2:18:20)

Alemu Megertu ETH (2:18:32)

Girmawit Gebrzihair ETH (debut)

Dominique Scott RSA (debut)

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