By John Kwoba MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Four Kenyans will line up in a bid to stop their former
compatriot now running for Bahrain, Violah Jepchumba, as she
seeks to defend her title at the Cardiff Half marathon on Oct.
In the men’s race,
the onus will fall on defending champion Kenya’s Shadrack
Kimining to prove his critics wrong as he comes up against a
strong challenge for the crown.
Kimining sent race records tumbling 12 months ago in their
victory. But both face serious competition if they want to
defend their titles.
threat comes from compatriot Wilfred Murgor, the only athlete in
the race who has clocked under the hour mark (59:57).
“It always get tough
and each year there is new challenge, which I take in my
strides,” said Kimining. “I always treat my rivals with caution,
anything is possible.”
Kimining has slashed
42 seconds off his record breaking time of 1:00:53 since last
year’s race and will be aiming to go under an hour for the first
time on the flat, fast course.
previously achieved that accolade, boasting a 59:57 time at the
2015 Prague Half Marathon.
(1:00:17) is the third fastest on paper while Josphat Bett
(1:01:01) and Eliud Kiptanui (1:01:24) both have serious
pedigree. Bett is the 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist at
10,000m and has run 26:48 over that distance.
Kiptanui has a
Marathon best of 2:05:21 and was a winner at the 2017 Ottawa
Marathon in May.
(1:05:22) will compete in Cardiff two weeks after lowering the
Bahraini Half Marathon Record to 1:06:06 whilst winning the Usti
Nad Labem Half Marathon. She remains the fifth fastest athlete
of all time over the Half Marathon distance.
(1:08:12) will lead the Kenyan interest. Chelimo last competed
in Cardiff back in 2011 when she was third.
(1:09:30) was fourth at the 2017 Kenyan Championships and was
the 2015 Lisbon Rock N Roll Half Marathon Champion.
Kenyan duo Dorcas
Kimeli and Caroline Nyaga will both debut over the distance in
Cardiff. Ethiopia’ s Zeineba Yimer (1:13:17) was 10th
at the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in March
and is hoping to run faster than her previous best on Oct. 1.