ELITE FIELD ANNOUNCED FOR CAPE TOWN MARATHON

 
Updated: August 18, 2015

Some of South Africa’s most promising 42km runners will face a host of world-class athletes when the second edition of the relaunched Cape Town Marathon is held on September 20.
With 30 days to go to the IAAF Silver Label road race, the organisers revealed a strong international men’s line-up on Tuesday.
Nine athletes in the elite field have run under 2:10:00 in their careers, with four of them having dipped under 2:08:00.
David Kiyeng of Kenya, who finished third at the 2009 Paris Marathon in 2:06:26, spearheads the line-up, along with Ethiopian Abraham Girma, who was fifth at the 2012 Amsterdam Marathon in 2:06:48.
Defending champion Willy Kibor, also from Kenya, will return in an attempt to secure another victory after clocking 2:10:45 to win the race last season.
While South Africa’s top marathon runners will be competing elsewhere later this year, a handful of rising stars will tackle the foreign onslaught in the Mother City, led by Gladwin Mzazi and Xolisa Tyali.
“The elite field plays a key role in our attempt to gain IAAF Gold Label status, as we need to ensure there are at least five Gold Label athletes from five different countries,” said race ambassador Elana Meyer.
“This will not only help us reach our goal but also ensure we provide a platform for world-class times on the African continent.
“In addition, it gives local runners a rare chance to race against some of the best long-distance athletes in the world on home soil.”
The organisers confirmed the route this year would be flatter and faster after issues with the course prevented quicker times in 2014.
The local women’s contingent, including the likes of rookies Lebo Phalula and Nolene Conrad, as well as experienced campaigners Zintle Xiniwe and Cornelia Joubert, was announced last month, and the international women’s line-up was expected to be revealed closer to the race.
Meanwhile, some of the country’s most accomplished athletes, including 43-year-old Hendrick Ramaala (2:06:55 PB), who won the 2004 New York Marathon, and 42-year-old Shadrack Hoff (2:11:51), a former SA record holder over 5 000m on the track, will be chasing the veterans’ title.
Ultra-distance specialist Caroline Wostmann, who won the Comrades and Two Oceans races this year, will turn out in the Peace Run 10km race.
The rest of the elite 10km line-up will be announced at a later stage.
For more information on the race, including entry details, visit www.sanlamcapetownmarathon.com

Elite field, Cape Town Marathon (September 20, 2015):

Men:

∙ David Kemboi Kiyeng, Kenya – 2:06:26 PB
∙ Abraham Girma Bekele, Ethiopia – 2:06:48 PB
∙ Peter Lotogor Kamais, Kenya – 2:07:37 PB
∙ Dereje Debele Tulu, Ethiopia – 2:07:48 PB
∙ Yuki Kawauchi, Japan – 2:08:14 PB
∙ Willy Kibor Koitile, Kenya – 2:08:32 PB (defending champion)
∙ Haile Haja Gemeda, Ethiopia – 2:08:35 PB
∙ Nicholas Kipngeno Kemboi, Qatar – 2:08:51 PB
∙ Andualem Belay Shiferaw, Ethiopia – 2:09:59 PB
∙ Xolisa Tyali, South Africa – 2:16:03 PB
∙ Gladwin Mzazi, South Africa – 2:17:43 PB
∙ Africa Mailola, South Africa – 2:17:58 PB

Women (international athletes still to be announced):

∙ Cornelia Joubert, South Africa – 2:39:07 PB
∙ Zintle Xiniwe, South Africa – 2:41:48 PB
∙ Nolene Conrad, South Africa – 2:54:59 PB
∙ Diana-Lebo Phalula, South Africa – 42.2km debut