Updated: February 25, 2016


Lusapho April will compete at the New York City Half-Marathon next month, organisers have confirmed.
The 33-year-old South African was fourth at the race last year, clocking 1:01:21 and crossing the line just six seconds outside his personal best.
In preparation for his Olympic qualifying attempt at the Hannover Marathon, April faces an elite field which includes five men who have run under 1:01:00 over the 21km distance.
The line-up for the race is spearheaded by Kenyan Stephen Sambu, who was second last year in a sprint finish against Leonard Korir, and compatriot Wilson Chebet, a three-time Amsterdam Marathon winner.
Another Kenyan athlete, last year’s runner-up Joyce Chepkirui, will toe the line as the favourite in the women’s race.
Chepkirui’s personal best is more than two minutes faster than anyone else in the field.

Elite field, New York City Half-Marathon (20 March, 2016):


Wilson Chebet, Kenya (59:15)
Zane Robertson, New Zealand (59:47)
Stephen Sambu, Kenya (1:00:41)
Juan Luis Barrios, Mexico (1:00:46)
Diego Estrada, Mexico (1:00:51)
Sam Chelanga, United States (1:01:04)
Lusapho April, South Africa (1:01:16)
Ben True, United States (debut)


Joyce Chepkirui, Kenya (1:06:19)
Molly Huddle, United States (1:08:31)
Caroline Rotich, Kenya (1:08:52)
Buzunesh Deba, Ethiopia (1:08:59)
Diane Nukuri, Burundi (1:09:12)
Neely Spence Gracey, United States (1:09:59)
Fionnuala McCormack, Ireland (1:11:33)
Beverly Ramos, Puerto Rico (1:12:48)