The World’s Leading Athletes to Take Part in the Ljubljana Marathon
The organisers of the Ljubljana marathon see the main goal of the competition in achieving a new distance record. In 2016, the four leaders fell out of the race, so the record time for men is still 2 hours 8 minutes and 19 seconds.
The year before last, the Ethiopian Limenih Getachew set up the record. Surpassing this result is a current task for the runners invited to the marathon. Anyone who will manage to beat the record, in addition to the main prize of 30 thousand euros, will receive 3 thousand euros for the record setting as well as other bonuses.
Besides the Ethiopian, the main contenders for the victory are the Kenyans Levi Matebo Omari and Philip Sanga Kimutai. The former has an excellent personal record of 2 hours 5 minutes and 16 seconds set up in 2011. Kimutai’s personal record is 2 hours 6 minutes and 7 seconds, achieved during the same marathon in Frankfurt in 2011.
The participation of the Kenyan Marius Kimutai also carries on a bit of intrigue. He set up his personal record of 2 hours 5 minutes and 47 seconds in Amsterdam last year. In 2017, he won the marathon in Rotterdam. John Mwangangi has managed to win major marathons as well. In 2015, he won in Valencia with the result of 2 hours 6 minutes and 13 seconds, setting up his personal record. In 2011, he ran a half marathon with a result of 59 minutes and 45 seconds.
Kirwo Yega is also worth mentioning. This year, he has run a half marathon with a result of 59 minutes and 50 seconds. He demonstrated 2 hours 7 minutes and 12 seconds at the marathon distance, having taken the third place in Paris at one of the world’s largest alike sport competitions. The Kenyan Barselius Kipyego will participate in the marathon race for the first time. He has a personal record in a half marathon (59 minutes and 14 seconds) and takes the 5th place in the world rating.
If the majority of men runners represent Kenya, then leaders among women are from Ethiopia. Firehiwot Dado has the best personal record of 2 hours 23 minutes and 15 seconds. She set up her record by winning the New York marathon in 2011.
Last year, Shuto Genemo Wote won the marathons in Vienna and Mumbai. Her personal record is 2 hours 24 minutes and 31 seconds. These are the main possible contenders for breaking the race record set up in 2009 by Caroline Kilel from Kenya—2 hours 25 minutes and 24 seconds.