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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival announces elite field

The world’s fastest marathon runners have their eyes set on Sydney, as elite athletes finalise preparations for the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival on Sunday, 18 September.

In its first year as a candidate for the Abbot World Marathon Majors, Sydney could see the record books re-written, with an incredible elite field of Australian and international marathon runners announced today.

Kenya’s Reuben Kiprop Kipyego and Namimbia’s Helalia Lukeiko Johannes (NAM) will headline the men and women’s elite international fields with the fastest times to their names from the impressive line-up.

With personal best times of 2:03.55 for Kipyego and 2:19.52 for Johannes, both athletes have previously run faster than the current respective course records of 2:09:49 for Men (2019 Filex Kiprotich) and 2:24:33 for the Women (2019 Stella Barsosio).

The men’s marathon will be a tight tussle for top three with Kipyego likely to battle it out with Marius Kipserem (KEN, PB: 2:04.04), Chalu Deso Gilmesa (ETH, PB: 2:04.53) and Gabriel Gerald Geay (TAN, PB: 2:04.55).

Johannes also isn’t expected to have it all her own way with Nazret Weldu Gebrehiwet (ERI, PB 2:20.29), Helen Bekele Tola (ETH, PB: 2:21.01) and Fantu Eticha Jimma (ETH, PB: 2:22.52) all in the mix.

“We’re incredibly excited at the calibre of international athletes taking part in Blackmores Sydney Marathon for our first year as a candidate for the Abbott World Marathon Majors,” said Wayne Larden, Race Director, Sydney Marathon. “

I’m expecting Yuta Shitara’s (Japan) Australian All-Comers Record of 2.07.50 to be broken which will signify to marathon tourists around the world that the Sydney Marathon is not only one of the most spectacular courses in the world but also a fast one.

This in turn will attract more recreational marathon runners to take part in years to come.

Some familiar Aussie faces will also be running with Sinead Diver featuring in the half marathon and Gen and Ryan Gregson both taking on the 10km Bridge Run.

A full list of the elite international field lining up for the marathon on Sunday September 18 can be found below



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