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Cheyech, Chepchirchir champions lead Kenya's search for the Shanghai marathon


Nairobi, Nov. 17: Former Tokyo Marathon champion Sarah Tsepherhir and Feldmayeck will lead Kenya to the Shanghai International Marathon on Sunday.

The two will also try to try the 2:21:52 coursebook set by Tigist Tufa of Ethiopia three years ago. However, they must first prove their recovery after injuries that altered their forms in 2018, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

Chepchirchir said in Nairobi that she is ready to fight for the first time this year, hoping that a good show in Shanghai will see her return to the World Championships and the Olympic Games in 2020.

"I want to see how my body will react after it has stayed for so long. I think it will be important to win and prove my status again," said the 34-year-old.

"But it will not be just for me, because we have other top runners who have the strong desire to win. It will be under how prepared for the day and the strategy."

On the other hand, Cheyech, the former Commonwealth Games champion, had a strong season this year, completing only the Nagoya Marathon in March 19th at a slow pace of 2:33:01.

"I have overtaken competition for a long time because of the injury I have suffered in Japan but since then it has been cured and I am back in the competition," Cheyech said after completing the second at 71:05 at the Eldoret Half Marathon in October.

But he said he was ready for the Shanghai competition. "Shanghai is the next stop for me and I hope I can run well and win the gold medal."

Yebrgual Melese of Ethiopia will be the one to win. She dropped more than three minutes of her personal best time to finish third in Dubai at 2:19:36 and reached 2:27:47 to finish second in the Yellow River Estuary International marathon in Dongying, China. And the Sunday race will be the third marathon of the year.

Elena Tola Beckele, who will celebrate her 24th generation next week, is another woman to watch. Ethiopia has improved its best time in every era since its debut in 2015, recently reduced it to 2:22:48 in Berlin.

The men's race has an asteroid field with former Kenya's world record holder Dennis Kimetto, who remains the biggest hope of breaking the record of 2:07:14 in 2015.

Kimetto, the second fastest runner of all time, did not complete a marathon since April 2016 and his 2:02:57 career was beaten by Eliud Kipchoge two months ago.

Tsegaye Mekonnen of Ethiopia, 23, is the second fastest entry, who puts his 2:04:32 staff to win the Dubai Marathon in 2014. And his compatriot Seyefu Tura will also be in the field.

The elite of the race includes other sub-2: 10 runners such as Yitayal Atnafu of Ethiopia, runner-up at the 2018 Houston Marathon at 2:07:00, Asian Kipsang of Kenya, a 2:07:30 fighter competing in Shanghai for the third after the end of the second and third years of 2015 and 2016.

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