New Delhi: Two-time 5,000m world champion Muktar Edris of Ethiopia, 2021 Berlin Half Marathon winner Felix Kipkoech of Kenya, and promising Ethiopian Chala Regasa are among the top names in an exciting men’s Elite field for the upcoming 17th Vedanta Delhi Half Marathon.
The $ 268,000 prize money event, to be flagged off from the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday, will see tens of thousands of amateurs join the world’s best on one of the fastest courses in the world.
Reigning world 3,000m indoor champion Lemlem Hai lu of Ethiopia, this year’s TCS World 10K Bengaluru winner Irine Cheptai of Kenya, and Stella Chesang, the 2018 10,000m Commonwealth champion, headline the women’s Elite field.
The International Elite winners in the men’s and women’s categories will take home $ 27,000 each and the prize fund includes the top 10 finishers in both. There is also an Event Record Bonus of $ 12,000 as an incentive.
Edris finished fourth on debut in Delhi in 2020 with an impressive 59:04 as the top four broke the previous course record in a sensational race that saw just four seconds separate the podium finishers. ” Naturally, I want to be in the top – 3 this time around. I’m in good shape and have prepared specifically for Delhi. I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge, ” he said.