MEN ELITE ATHLETES

Andamlak Belihu
ETH/1998
59:10

Andamlak, knows the roads of India and especially Delhi very well. The 2018 and 2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon champion is back to defend his title and shoot for another PB. Last year he ran the 3rd fastest time ever in Delhi. He trains under coach Gemedu in a very successful group. Among the athletes he trains with is Guye Adola the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon course record holder. Andamlak came to the international running scene impressing with stellar performances.

year event rank time
2020 World Championships half marathon 5th 59:32
2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 1st 59:10
2019 World Championships 10.000m 5th 26:56.71
2019 Ethiopian Trials 10.000m 4th 26:53.15
2019 TCS Bengaluru 10km 1st 27:56
2019 World Cross Championships 8th -
2019 Valencia Half Marathon 4th 59:19
2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 1st 59:18
2018 African Championships 10.000m 2nd 29:11.09
2018 Ottawa 10km 1st 27:48
2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2nd 59:51
2017 World Championships 10.000m 10th 27:08.94 WJL
2017 FBK Games Hengelo 4th 27:20.57
2017 Ethiopian Championships 10.000m 1st 28:32.4 (A)
Abraham Cheroben
BRN/1992
58:40

In 2014 when Abraham Cheroben came to Delhi for the first time, he was a relatively newcomer in the field. Ever since he has developed quickly to become one of the leading road racers in the industry. He is the Asian Record holder since 2017, when running a quick 58:40. In 2018 he confirmed being one of the leading road racers by finishing 2nd behind Geoffrey Kamworor at the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia. His 58:40 ranks him as 6th fastest all time over the half marathon distance.

year event rank time
2019 Lille Half Marathon 2nd 59:42
2018 Asian Games 10.000m 2nd 29:00.29
2018 TCS Bengaluru 10km 6th 28:55
2018 World Championships Half Marathon 2nd 60:22
2017 Valencia Half Marathon 1st 59:11
Guye Adola
ETH/1990
59:06

Guye is no stranger in India. He still holds the course record for the Delhi Half Marathon, a 59:06, which he set in 2014. This is the Indian all comers record as well. Guye made an impressive marathon debut in 2017, almost beating Eliud Kipchoge. He was leading in the later stages of the race, but in the end had to settle for 2nd behind Eliud Kipchoge.

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 22nd 60:50
2019 Valencia Marathon 3rd 2:04:42
2019 Rome Ostia Half Marathon 1st 60:17
2018 Houston Half Marathon 2nd 60:15
2017 Berlin Marathon 2nd 2:03:46
2017 Rome Ostia Half Marathon 1st 59:18
2016 Eugene Diamond League 10.000m 8th 27:09.78
2016 Ethiopian Championships Half Marathon 1st 63:22
2015 All African Games Half Marathon 5th 64:22
2014 New Delhi Half Marathon 1st 59:06 CR
2014 World Championships Half Marathon, Copenhagen 3rd 59:21
Amdework Walelegn
ETH/1999
59:08

Amdework won his first medal at the senior World Championship, by running to bronze at the 2020 World Championships Half Marathon in Gydina, Poland. He lowered his personal best to 59:08. In 2018 Amdework ran a Turkish all-comers record by being the first men to break the 1 hour barrier over the half marathon in Istanbul. The young up and coming Ethiopian talent came 2nd at the 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon where he set a big PB (59:22).

year event rank time
2020 World Championships Half Marathon 3rd 59:08
2019 RAK Half Marathon 8th 59:39
2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2nd 59:22
2018 Istanbul Half Marathon 1st 59:50
2018 Riyadh Half Marathon 3rd 62:00
2018 Laredo 10km 1st 27:37
2017 Sevenhillsrace 15km 2nd 42:40
2017 World Junior Cross Championships 2nd -
2017 Barcelona 5.000m 2nd 13:14,52
2016 World Junior Championships 10.000m 4th 28:00,14
Leonard Barsoton
KEN/1994
59:09

Leonard made name by winning two silver medals in World Cross and an African Cross title. In recent years he switched to the roads proving to do well by lowering his PB to 59:09 in Valencia last year, clocking the 10th fastest time of 2019. This year he represented Kenya at the World Championships Half Marathon in Gdynia, where he finished in 6th position. Only 2 seconds behind 5th placer Andamlak Belihu.

year event rank time
2020 World Championships Half Marathon 6th 59:34
2019 Tata Steel Kolkata 25km 1st 1:13:05
2019 Valencia Half Marathon 4th 59:09
2018 World Half Marathon Championships 12th 61:14
2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon 5th 59:28
2017 World Cross Championships 2nd -
2016 World Best 10k 2nd 27:42
2015 All African Games 10.000m 2nd 27:27.55
2015 World Championships Cross 5th -
2014 African Championships Cross 1st -
2013 World Championships Cross 2nd -
Solomon Berihu
ETH/199
59:17

Solomon Berihu showed his talent for the half marathon in Delhi last year. He made his debut and he finished in 2nd position in a fast 59:17. Solomon was born in Tigray in the North of Ethiopia and is one of four children with one brother and two sisters who are all students. He is very focussed on athletics and doesn’t have an interest in any other sports. His example for running is Hagos Gebrehiwot.

year event rank time
2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2nd 59:17
2019 Dam tot Damloop 10EM 1st 45:51
2019 Ethiopian 10.000m Trials Hengelo 8th 27:02.26
2019 Rabat Diamond League 5.000m 2nd 13:16.08
2019 FBK Games Hengelo 5.000m 3rd 13:02.08
2018 Montferlandrun 15km 2nd 43:21
2018 African Junior Cross Championships 3rd -
2017 Herouville 5.000m 2nd 13:17.27
2017 World Junior Cross Championships 14th -
2016 Stockholm Diamond League 5.000m 6th 13:12.67
2016 African Junior Cross Championships 8th -
Josphat Boit
KEN/1995
59:19

Training under well-known Italian coach Renato Canova, Josphat made his international debut in 2018 in the Lago Maggiore Half Marathon. Training with Eric Kiptanui who set a 58:42 a week before in Berlin Half Marathon made him to be ready. Josphat will compete in Delhi for the 2nd time, where he hopes to improve on his 5th place from last year.

year event rank time
2019 Montferland Run 15km 2nd 42:18
2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 5th 61:18
2019 Rotterdam Marathon 6th 2:07:20
2018 Valencia Half Marathon 9th 59:42
2018 Nocturno Valencia 15km 1st 42:02
2018 Lago Maggiore Half Marathon 3rd 59:19
Edwin Kiptoo
KEN/1993
59:26

Edwin Kiptoo is a typical road runner, as he runs 10km, half marathons and paces full marathons. He knows India very well, as he has been a pacemaker in Mumbai, finished 3rd in Bangalore in 2015, 4th in Delhi in 2015 and 7th in Delhi in 2017. He ran his personal best of 59:26 in Delhi, although he came close to this time in Copenhagen (59:27 and 59:28), he hopes to break his personal best again in Delhi.

year event rank time
2019 Seven hills race 15km 2nd 41:51
2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon 3rd 59:27
2018 Copenhagen Half Marathon 6th 59:28
2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 7th 60:06
2017 Breda Half Marathon 1st 60:42
2017 CPC Half Marathon 2nd 59:59
2016 Dam tot Damloop 10 miles 1st 45:25
2016 World Half Marathon Championships 9th 61:21
2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 4th 59:26
Stephen Mokoka
RSA/1985
59:36

Stephen Mokoka is one of the leading South African athletes, competing on a high level since 2005. He runs on the track and on the road and has represented South Africa in many World Championships. He competed at 5 World Half Marathon Championships during his career, and achieved his best results this year in Gdynia. He finished 7th in a new personal best. Stephen is also a familiar face in Shanghai, he has a special relationships with this marathon. He ran the marathon for the first time in 2011, and since then he has won the race 4 times and finished 2 times as runner-up.

year event rank time
2019 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 7th 59:36
2020 Lake Biwa Marathon 2nd 2:08:05
2020 Barcelona Half Marathon 1st 61:28
2019 World Marathon Championships, Doha 5th 2:11:09
2019 Lake Biwa Marathon 3rd 2:07:58
2018 Cape Town Marathon 1st 2:08:31
2017 Shanghai Marathon 2nd 2:08:35
2016 Shanghai Marathon 1st 2:10:18
2016 World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 10th 61:27
2015 Shanghai Marathon 2nd 2:07:40
2014 World Half Marathon Championships, Copenhagen 12st 60:47
2014 Shanghai Marathon 1st 2:08:43
2013 Shanghai Marathon 1st 2:09:30
2012 Shanghai Marathon 4th 2:09:43
2011 Shanghai Marathon 2nd 2:10:29
Shadrack Kimining
KEN/1996
59:27

Shadrack is a strong half marathon athlete, and the 8th fastest athlete of 2020.

year event rank time
2020 Houston Half Marathon 3rd 59:27
2019 Valencia Half Marathon 5th 59:40
2019 Cardiff Half Marathon 2nd 59:32
2019 Göteborg Half Marathon 1st 60:38
2019 RAK Half Marathon 10th 59:42
2018 Yangzhou Half Marathon 3rd 61:35
2018 Göteborg Half Marathon 1st 61:31
2017 Cardiff Half Marathon 2nd 1:00:49
2017 RAK Half Marathon 7th 60:07
2016 Cardiff Half Marathon 1st 60:53
Abrar Osman
ERI/1994
59:47

Abrar Osman made his first international appearance at the Youth Olympic Games where he won the 3000m race. Followed by a gold medal at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France and a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona in 2012. In the following year, Abrar combined track with shorter road races and competed at various World Championships and Olympic Games. His first half marathon outing came in 2015, in Delhi. Abrar moved training bases in 2019, he decided to train in Kenya fulltime and he joined the training group of Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kamworor. This decision payed off and a he made a strong marathon debut in Amsterdam later that year.

year event rank time
2020 Barcelona Half Marathon 4th 60:06
2019 Amsterdam Marathon 10th 2:07:46
2018 San Silvestre Vallecana, Madrid 4th 27:38
2018 Seven Hills Race, 15km 2nd 42:34
2017 Copenhagen Half Marathon 10th 60:19
2016 Dam tot Damloop, Amsterdam 3rd 46:12
2016 Olympic Games 5000m, Rio de Janeiro 10th 13:09.56
2016 World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 7th 60:58
2015 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 7th 60:39
2015 World Championships 10,000m, Beijing 6th 27:43.21
2015 World Cross Country Championships 13th -
2014 Corrida de Houilles 10km 2nd 28:05
2012 World Junior Championships, 5000m 2nd 13:40.52
2011 World Youth Championships, 3000m 1st 8:03.68
Aron Kifle
ERI/1998
59:51

Already at a young age Aron had success on the international scene. In his first international year, 2015, he managed to qualify for both the World Championships and African Games. His first significant successes came in 2016 winning medals at both the World Junior Championships as well as the African Junior Championships. His first half marathon outing came at the 2018 World Half Marathon Championships where he took home the bronze medal. That same year, he ran a personal best of 59:51 in Delhi.

year event rank time
2019 Valencia Half Marathon 10th 60:25
2019 African Games 10,000m 2nd 27:57.79
2019 Diamond League Stockholm 10,000m 3rd 27:27.68
2019 World Cross Country Championships 4th -
2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 4th 59:51
2018 World Half Marathon Championships, Valencia 3rd 60:31
2017 World Championships 10,000m 11th 27:09.92
2017 World Championships 5000m 7th 13:36.91
2017 World Cross Country Championships 5th -
2016 World Junior Championships 10,000m 2nd 27:26.20
2016 African Junior Championships Cross 3rd -
Stephen Kissa
UGA/1995
60:00

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 19th 60:34
2020 NN Valencia World Record Day, 10,000m 4th 27:34.48
2020 Barcelona Half Marathon 2nd 60:00
2019 Seven Hills Race, 15km 1st 41:49
2019 Laredo 10km 1st 27:13
2019 Valencia 10km 2nd 27:24
2018 Montferland Run 15km 1st 43:21
2017 Durban 10km 2nd 28:05
2017 TCS World 10k Bangalore 3rd 28:28
Tesfahun Akalnew
ETH/1999
60:10

Tesfahun started his career on the track, in 2018. But shifted focus to the roads in 2019 and ran a 10km PB of 28:15. His half marathon debut came in Barcelona in 2020, where he finished in 60:10. He hopes to break the 60 min barrier in Delhi.

year event rank time
2020 Barcelona Half Marathon 5th 60:10
2019 Montferland Run, 15km 3rd 42:23
2019 Nijmegen 10,000m 1st 27:30.24
2019 Residenzlauf 10km 4th 28:15
Victor Kiplangat
UGA/1999
60:16

Youngster from a mountain running back ground. He won the World Mountain running junior title and also on senior level won medals there. After that (last summer) he joined our group in Kapchorwa to train with Joshua Cheptegei among others and started improving on his 63’ half marathon PB by winning Paderborn half marathon in 61.45, then running 60.44 in Lille half marathon in September and the last step last month by running 60.16 (!!) in Le Lion half marathon setting a big PB. He now is focussed to run below 60.00 in Delhi.

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 16th 60:29
2020 NN Valencia World Record Day, 10,000m 5th 28:16.40
2020 Barcelona Half Marathon 7th 61:04
2019 Le Lion Half Marathon 4th 60:16
2019 Paderborn Half Marathon 1st 61:45
2018 World U20 Championships 10,000m 6th 28:42.77
2017 World Cross Country Championships, Junior race 19th -
Precious Mashele
RSA/1990
60:24

He's coached by legendary Hendrick Ramaala in our South African group. Precious is already having a good 2020 as he won cross in South Africa and improved to 60.24 at the World Half Championships as he run 60.28 in November to finish 2nd in Boulogne Billancourt. Precious is multiple South African Champion in various disciplines from 5000m/10km road and cross country. In the 2019 World Cross Championships he finished 16th.

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 14th 60:24
2019 Boulogne Billancourt Half Marathon 2nd 60:28
2019 Durban 10km 4th 28:26
2019 World Cross Country Championships 16th
2018 Boulogne Billancourt Half Marathon 3rd 61:17
2017 Cape Town 10km 1st 28:33
2017 Port Elizabeth Half Marathon 3rd 61:56
2016 Cape Town 10km 4th 29:19
Muktar Edris
ETH/1994
Debut

Two-time world champion over 5000m will make his half marathon debut in Delhi. Muktar has represented Ethiopia in many Championships since 2011, winning medals in cross country and on the track. He won his first golden track medal in London in 2017, beating home favourite Mo Farah. Two years later in Doha, he did not expect to win again because of an injury that played his part in the previous season. He surprised himself and retained his title.

year event rank time
2019 World Championships 5000m, Doha 1st 12:58.85
2019 Giro Media Blenio 10km 3rd 27:57
2018 Seven Hills Race 15km 3rd 42:55
2017 Diamond League Lausanne 5000m 1st 12:55.23
2017 World Championships 5000m, London 1st 13:32.79
2017 World Cross Country Championships, Kampala 6th -
2016 Diamond League Eugene 5000m 1st 12:59.43
2016 Diamond League Shanghai 5000m 1st 12:59.96
2015 World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 3rd -
2014 Diamond League Stockholm 5000m 1st 12:54.83
2013 World Cross Country Championships U20, Bydgoszcz 3rd -
2012 World U20 Championships 5000m 1st 13:38.95
2011 World Cross Country Championships U20 7th -
Shadrack Kipchirchir
USA/1989
Debut

Kenyan born Shadrack Kipchirchir moved to the United States to attend school at the Western Kentucky University and Oklahoma State University. He started running in the USA and joined the US Army in 2014. He represented the USA at various World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Shadrack is married to distancer runner Elvin Kibet, who is one of the famous Kibet sisters.

year event rank time
2020 NN Valencia World Record Day, 10,000m 3rd 27:28.97
2020 Boston Indoor 5000m 1st 13:08.25
2019 World Championships 10,000m, Doha 10th 27:24.74
2019 USA 15km, Jacksonville 1st 43:41
2018 USA 5km, New York 2nd 13:45
2018 Payton Jordan 10,000m 1st 27:39.65
2017 World Championships 10,000m, London 9th 27:07.55
2017 World Cross Country Championships 21st -
2016 Olympic Games, 10,000m, Rio de Janeiro 19th 27:58.32
2015 World Championships 10,000m, Beijing 16th 28:16.30


WOMEN ELITE ATHLETES

Tsehay Gemechu
ETH/1998
66:00

Tsehay started competitive running in 2014 in Ethiopia. She made her European debut in 2017 running the Paderborn Osterlauf 10km. In 2018 she made a lot of progression over 10km and turned her attention to the longer distances on the road. She made her debut in the 2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon breaking the CR in her first ever half marathon! In 2019 she made her international track debut over 5000m which got her qualified for the World Championships in Doha where she managed to finish 4th in the final. Tsehay returned to Delhi in 2019, won the race again in a new CR of 66:00. She now holds the fastest and 3rd fastest time ever ran in Delhi.

year event rank time
2020 FBK 10,000m 2nd 30:57.73
2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 1st 66:00
2019 World Championships 5.000m 4th 14:29.60
2019 All African Games 10.000m Rabat 1st 31:56.92
2019 Ethiopian Trials 10.000m Hengelo 6th 30:53.11
2019 Nijmegen Global Athletics 5.000m 1st 14:59.79
2019 Ethiopian Championships 10.000m Addis 2nd 32:17.2
2019 TCS Bengaluru 10km 6th 33:59
2019 World Cross Championships 6th -
2019 Valencia 10km 1st 30:15
2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 1st 66:50
2018 Tilburg Ladies 10km 2nd 31:07
2018 Wiezoloop Wierden 10km 1st 31:53
2018 Oelde Citylauf 10km 2nd 32:14
2017 Paderborn Osterlauf 10km 7th 33:07
Ababel Yeshaneh
ETH/1991
64:31

Ababel Yeshaneh is the fastest half marathon athlete in the world, she broke the World Record in RAK earlier this year. She traveled to the World Championships in Gdynia as one of the favorites, but missed out on the medals. She finished behind her teammates Yehualaw and Yimer in 5th position. Ababel has raced before in India, finishing strong in Delhi in 2018, 2017 and 2016. Can she win in 2020?

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 5th 65:41
2020 RAK Half Marathon 1st 64:31
2019 Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:20:51
2019 Tokyo Marathon 6th 2:24:02
2018 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 5th 67:49
2018 Copenhagen Half Marathon 2nd 65:46
2018 Istanbul Half Marathon 1st 66:22
2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2nd 67:21
2016 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2nd 67:52
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, 5000m 14th 15:18.26
2016 Diamond League Rabat, 5000m 5th 14:41.58
2016 Adana Half Marathon 1st 69:36
2015 Doha Half Marathon 1st 71:11
2014 Lisbon Half Marathon 4th 72:11
2013 World Championships 10.000m 9th 32:02.09
2013 Ostrava 10,000m 4th 30:35.91
Brigid Kosgei
ETH/1994
64:49

Brigid Kosgei is the current world record holder in the marathon, winner of the last two editions of the London marathon and Chicago marathon. Brigid ran 12 marathons in her career so far, winning an impressive number of 8 races and finishing 3 times as runner-up. She also ran 4 sub 2:20 marathon already. Her 64:49 half marathon personal best ranks her the 2nd fastest athlete ever, only 18 seconds slower than world record holder Ababel Yeshaneh.

year event rank time
2020 London Marathon 1st 2:18:58
2020 RAK Half Marathon 2nd 64:49
2019 Chicago Marathon 1st 2:14:04 WORLD RECORD
2019 Great North Run Half Marathon 1st 64:28
2019 London Marathon 1st 2:18:20
2019 Bahrain Half Marathon 1st 65:28
2018 Madrid San Silvestre Vallecana 10km 1st 29:54
2018 Chicago Marathon 1st 2:18:35
2018 Great North Run Half Marathon 2nd 67:52
2018 London Marathon 2nd 67:52
2017 Honolulu Marathon 1st 2:22:15
2017 Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:20:22
2017 Bogota Half marathon 1st 72:16
2017 Lisbon Marathon 2nd 2:24:45
Yelamzerf Yehualaw
ETH/1999
65:19

Yalemzerf made her big breakthrough in Delhi last year, she ran the 2nd fastest time ever in Delhi, finishing behind Tsehay Gemechu. This result opened many doors for her, she was invited for the 2020 RAK Half Marathon and she earned a spot in the Ethiopian team for the World Half Marathon Championships in Gdynia. She delivered in Poland and took home the bronze medal.

Yalemzerf was born in Amhara in the North of Ethiopia and she is 1 of 7 children with three other brothers and sisters. In her family she is the only one pursuing a running career and she is hoping to follow in the footsteps of fellow Ethiopian and current President of the Ethiopian Athletics federation, Derartu Tulu. Outside of running Yalemzerf likes swimming and her favourite food is cooked vegetables.

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 3rd 65:19
2020 RAK Half Marathon 6th 66:35
2019 All African Games Half Marathon 1st 70:26
2019 Rabat Half Marathon 1st 69:13
2019 Ethiopian Championships 10.000m Addis Abeba 5th 32:21
Ruth Chepngetich
BRN/1994
65:30

World marathon Champion Ruth Chepngetich showed her running potential for the first time in 2017, she won 4 half marathons and won Istanbul Marathon by smashing the Turkish all-comers record. She ran almost 5 minutes faster than the previous course record. Istanbul has proven to be a good place for running for Ruth, as she improved her own course record to 2:18 in 2018. The year 2019 started off well for Ruth, by winning Dubai marathon in a new personal best. This result made her one of the prerace favourites for the World Championships in Doha, September 2019. The race started at midnight and she stormed to victory in hot and humid Doha.

Ruth was awarded the AIMS Best Marathon Runner Award in 2019.

year event rank time
2020 London Marathon 3rd 2:22:05
2019 World Championships Marathon, Doha 1st 2:32:43
2019 Gifu Half Marathon 1st 66:06
2019 Istanbul Half Marathon 1st 65:30
2019 Dubai Marathon 1st 2:17:08
2018 Istanbul Marathon 1st 2:18:35
2018 Copenhagen Half Marathon 5th 67:02
2018 Paris Marathon 2nd 2:22:59
2018 World Half Marathon Championships, Valencia 13th 69:12
2017 Istanbul Marathon 1st 2:22:36
2017 Istanbul Half Marathon 1st 66:19
2017 Milan Half Marathon 1st 67:42
Netsanet Gudeta
ETH/1991
65:45

Former World Champion and World Record holder for half marathon, Netsanet Gudeta, made her breakthrough in 2013 by winning the competitive Great Ethiopian Run. A few months later she made her half marathon debut and she was chosen to represent Ethiopia at the World Half Marathon Championships where she won the silver team medal. She represented Ethiopia at 6 World Championships, won the World Half in 2018 and a bronze medal at the 2015 Cross Country Championships in China.

Netsanet is a familiar face in India, as she enjoys racing here. Her best result is the 3rd place in 2017.

year event rank time
2020 World Championships Half Marathon, Gdynia 8th 66:46
2019 TCS Bangalore 10km 4th 33:56
2019 Bahrain Night Half Marathon 3rd 66:49
2019 RAK Half Marathon 2nd 65:45
2018 TCS Bangalore 10km 4th 31:53
2018 World Championships Half Marathon, Valencia 1st 66:11 WR
2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 3rd 67:26
2017 Ottawa 10km 1st 31:35
2016 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 8th 70:05
2016 World Half Marathon Championships, Cardiff 4th 68:01
2015 Valencia Half Marathon 1st 67:31
2015 World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 3rd -
2014 World Half Marathon Championships, Copenhagen 6th 68:45
2013 Great Ethiopian Run 1st 33:24
Evaline Chirchir
KEN/1998
66:01

Evaline Chirchir made her half marathon debut in 2019, and improved her personal best early 2020. Evaline’s future will be on the marathon, she already had her first marathon experience as she was one of the pacers during the 2020 London marathon.

Running is in the family for Evaline, her husband Moses Koech is also a strong athlete who holds a half marathon personal best of 60:00.

year event rank time
2020 FBK After Summer Competition, 10,000m 4th 31:08.09
2020 RAK Half Marathon 4th 66:01
2019 Seven Hills Race 15km 2nd 46:33
2019 Durban 10km 2nd 30:57
2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon 2nd 66:22
2019 Gifu Half Marathon 3rd 68:07
2019 Valencia 10km 3rd 30:43
2018 Dam tot Damloop, 10 miles 5th 52:34
2017 Corrida de Houilles 10km 2nd 32:10
Brillian Kipkoech
KEN/1995
66:56

Brillian has been racing a lot in the USA in the past few years, winning road races up to the half marathon. Earlier this year she made good progression by running her first sub 70 half marathon in Houston. She earned selection for the Kenyan team for the World Half Marathon Championships and delivered with a new PB in Gdynia.

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 9th 66:56
2020 Houston Half Marathon 2nd 68:08
2019 BAA Boston 10km 2nd 31:04
2019 Crescent City Classic 10km, New Orleans 2nd 31:43
2018 Flint Crim Festival 10 miles, Flint 1st 54:05
2018 Tulsa Run 15km 1st 51:41
2017 Bilbao Night Half Marathon 2nd 1:16:37
2017 Kenyan Cross Championships 1st -
2012 World Junior Championships 3000m 5th 9:14.32
2011 World Cross Country Championships, junior 9th -
Bekelech Gudeta
ETH/1997
67:03

Bekelech Gudeta is an allround road athlete, running both half marathon and marathons. She set her half marathon personal best in Copenhagen, 2018.

year event rank time
2020 Houston Marathon 5th 2:29:22
2019 Jianzhen Half Marathon 3rd 69:45
2019 Copenhagen Half Marathon 6th 67:21
2018 Montferland Run, 15km 2nd 49:19
2018 Valencia Half Marathon 6th 67:48
2018 Copenhagen Half Marathon 6th 67:03
2018 Göteborg Half Marthon 2nd 69:56
2018 World Half Marathon Championships, Valencia 8th 68:12
2017 Berkane Half Marathon 2nd 1:11:53
Dorcas Kimeli
KEN/1997
67:10

Dorcas Kimeli represented Kenya for the first time this year at the World Half Marathon Championships 2020, finishing 11th in Gdynia. She ran 9 half marathons since 2017, finishing 8 times on the podium.

year event rank time
2020 World Half Marathon Championships, Gdynia 11th 67:55
2020 Prague Half Marathon 3rd 67:14
2020 Barcelona Half Marathon 3rd 67:10
2019 Lisbon Half Marathon 3rd 67:44
2019 Prague 10km 2nd 29:57
2019 Ottawa 10km 1st 31:09
2019 Venlo Half Marathon 1st 68:19
2018 Casablanca 10km 1st 31:37
2017 Cardiff Half Marathon 2nd 70:50
Irene Cheptai
KEN/1992
67:39

Irene surprised in 2019 by taking gold at the World Cross Championships in Kampala. Coached by famous Italian coach Renato Canova, Irene’s career started to take a leap forward crowned by a gold medal at World Cross. Irene combines all surfaces but primarily focus is on track and cross country. Her international 10km road debut was at the 2017 TCS World 10k Bengalure which she won. She took her first international medal at the World Junior Cross Championships in 2008 where she won Silver only losing in a finishing sprint from Genzebe Dibaba. In May 2018 she gave birth to her daughter, Jasmin. Last year was her comeback year and she made her half marathon debut in Delhi.

year event rank time
2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 4th 67:39
2019 Dam tot Damloop 10EM 2nd 50:35
2019 Prague 10k 5th 31:27
2019 Kenyan Championships 10.000m 7th 31:51.90
2017 World Championships 10.000m 7th 31:21.11
2017 TCS Bengaluru 10k 1st 31:51
2017 World Championships Cross 1st -
2017 Kenyan Cross Championships 1st -
2016 Payton Jordan 10.000m 1st 31:15.38
2016 Eugene Diamond League 5.000m 6th 14:43.42
2015 World Championships Cross 7th -
2015 World Championships 5.000m 7th 15:03.41
2015 Eugene Diamond League 5.000m 6th 14:53.32
2013 World Championships Cross 10th -
2008 World Junior Championships Cross 2nd -
Mimi Belete
BRN/1988
68:16

Mimi Belete has won multiple Asian Championships and Asian Games medals on the track 1500m and 5000m and cross country. Her best times on track are 4:00.08 for 1500m, 8:30.00 for 3000m and 14:54.71 for 5.000m. Early 2017 she decided to move to the roads and she ran her debut half marathon in Verona which she won in a new course record. Her first marathon outing was in Hamburg 2018, where she finished a good 3rd. Later that year she smashed the course record at the Toronto Waterfront marathon. This result made her one of the prerace favorites for the 2019 Amsterdam marathon, where she, despite a fall in the later stages of the race, ran a new personal best of 2:21:22.

year event rank time
2020 Osaka Women’s marathon 2nd 2:22:40
2019 Amsterdam Marathon 5th 2:21:22
2019 Gifu Half Marathon 4th 68:16
2018 Toronto Marathon 1st 2:22:29
2018 Hamburg Marathon 3rd 2:26:06
2018 Barcelona Half Marathon 4th 69:26
2017 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 11th 1:12:22
2017 TCS World 10k Bangalore 10th 34:32
2017 Verona Half Marathon 1st 69:15
2016 Diamond League Doha 3000m 12th 8:51.00
2015 World Championships 5000m 11th 15:17.01
2014 Diamond League Doha 3000m 8th 8:30.00
2014 Diamond League Paris 1500m 7th 4:00.08
Failuna Matanga
TAN/1992
69:36

After starting her career competing in Brazil for a couple of years, Failuna made her breakthrough in 2017. This year was a year full of highlights for the young Tanzanian runner competing in two world championships, making her marathon debut in Amsterdam and taking 3rd in the Kolkata 25km. She regained her 3rd position in Kolkata in 2018 an finished here 5th in 2019.

year event rank time
2019 Tata Steel Kolkata 25km 5th 1:25:54
2019 Hamburg Marathon 3rd 2:27:55
2019 World Cross Country Championships 16th -
2019 Safi Half Marathon 1st 70:50
2018 Tata Steel Kolkata 25km 3rd 1:27:45
2018 Cape Town Marathon 2nd 2:29:59
2018 Commonwealth Games 10,000m 12th 32:22.09
2018 Barcelona Half Marathon 5th 69:36
2017 Tata Steel Kolkata 25km 3rd 1:26:11
2017 Amsterdam Marathon 10th 2:34:12
2017 TCS Bangalore 10km 7th 33:32
2017 World Cross Country Championships 16th -
Nazret Weldu
ERI/1990
70:51

Multiple Eritrean champion and record holder over various distances, Nazret is far ahead of any Eritrean distance women. She’s leading the charge which might lead to a movement of more great distance runners from the East African country.

year event rank time
2019 Tata Steel Kolkata 25k 8th 1:28:29
2019 World Championships Marathon, Doha 23rd 2:53:45
2019 Gold Coast Marathon 3rd 2:28:57 NR
2019 World Cross Country Championships, Aarhus 27th -
2018 Beirut Marathon 2nd 2:29:48
2018 World Half Marathon Championships, Valencia 26th 71:45
2017 Tata Steel Kolkata 25k 7th 1:27:47
2017 World Cross Country Championships, Kampala 34th -
2016 Houston Half Marathon 6th 71:30
2016 Hengelo 10,000m 13th 32:58.28
2015 World Cross Country Championships, Guiyang 11th -
Eva Cherono
KEN/1996
Debut

Eva Cherono made her European debut in 2018, after competing in local Kenyan races for a few years. She has been running on the track, but impresses most on the roads. She won the Utrecht Singelloop in the Netherlands twice. Her 10km personal best of 30:51 promises something for her half marathon debut in Delhi.

year event rank time
2020 One Hour race, Brussels 3rd 18.341m
2019 Seven Hills Race 15km 3rd 48:15
2019 Utrecht 10km 1st 30:51
2019 FBK Games 5000m 4th 14:44.11
2019 World Cross Country Championships, Aarhus 8th -
2019 Residenzlauf 10km 1st 31:22
2018 Utrecht 10km 1st 31:17
2018 Commonwealth Games 5000m 7th 15:36.10
2015 African Junior Championships 1500m 4th 4:29.43