Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
Challenor set for marathon return
Long distance runner Jenna Challenor hopes for a solid comeback on Friday, as she prepares to compete in her first 42km race since recovering from injury.
Challenor was confirmed in the elite women’s line-up this week for the annual Dubai Marathon in the United Arab Emirates.
“I’m so happy to be here. It’s an absolute honour to be included in the elite field at the Dubai Marathon,” she said ahead of the race.
“I’m so excited to test my fitness post-injury to see where I am, and I’m hoping for a solid run.”
While the 35-year-old Durbanite was expected to take a cautious approach, she was up against a world-class field which featured the likes of Ethiopian athletes Shure Demise, who set a world junior record of 2:20:59 in Dubai two years ago, and former World Championships 10 000m silver medallist Meselech Melkamu.
Challenor set her marathon personal best of 2:37:12 in Nagoya in March last year, before being sidelined by a knee injury which required surgery.
She displayed good form in the build-up to the Dubai race, successfully defending her Gun Run Half-Marathon title in Cape Town in October, clocking 1:16:35.
Meanwhile, Ethiopian athlete Kenenisa Bekele was set to line up as the firm favourite in the men’s contest.
Bekele, who set his career best of 2:03:03 to win last year’s Berlin Marathon, revealed in the build-up to the race he would target Kenyan Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57.
* The Dubai Marathon will be broadcast live on SuperSport 5 and SuperSport 9 at 4.20am on Friday morning