Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
ELITE LINE-UP CONFIRMED FOR CAPE TOWN ONERUN
Organisers are hoping two young Ethiopian athletes will help push the pace up front, after three world-class runners withdrew from the elite field ahead of the inaugural FNB OneRun in Cape Town next week.
The international top-flight contingent was confirmed on Tuesday, setting the stage for fast times at the unique 12km race in the Mother City.
Azmeraw Mengist, 22, who holds personal bests on the road of 27:51 (10km), 42:46 (15km) and 1:00:46 (half-marathon), was added to an illustrious men’s line-up, and 20-year-old compatriot Yenesh Tilahun, who has clocked 49:52 (15km) and 1:12:08 (half-marathon), was included in the women’s race.
“The two young Ethiopians have a no fear attitude and will almost certainly raise the tempo of the race,” said Michael Meyer of race promoters Stillwater Sports.
The late changes were made to the field after former world 10 000m champion Linet Masai pulled out of the women’s event, with fellow Kenyan John Kemboi Cheruiyot and Ethiopian junior 10 000m record holder Yigrem Demelash withdrawing from the men’s race.
Elite field, Cape Town 12 OneRun:
Men: Moses Masai (KEN), Moses Kipsiro (UGA), Daniel Salel (KEN), Michael Kipyego (KEN), Azmeraw Mengist (ETH), Timothy Toroitich (UGA), Stephen Mokoka (RSA) , Elroy Gelant (RSA), Lusapho April (RSA), Gladwin Mzazi (RSA)
Women: Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN), Yenesh Tilahun (ETH), Doris Changeywo (KEN), Mapaseka Makhanya (RSA), Rene Kalmer (RSA), Diana-Lebo Phalula (RSA), Lebogang Phalula (RSA), Nolene Conrad (RSA)