International Athletes Men
|Name||Country/Year of Birth||Best Time |
|Eliud Kipchoge||KEN/1984 ||59:25 |
Eliud Kipchoge came to prominence in 2003 by winning the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, setting a world junior record over 5000m on the track and then becoming world champion at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. An Olympic 5000 m bronze for Kenya followed at the 2004 Athens Olympics and he took another bronze at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships. A series of silver medals came, starting at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics before another runner-up placing at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He was fifth at the 2009 World Championships but again reached the podium at the 2010 Commonwealth Games; he was second behind Moses Kipsiro in both the 5000 m and 10,000 meters.
In 2012 he made his first steps towards marathon running by making his half marathon debut in Lille,running 59:25. His marathon debut followed a few months later in Hamburg, where he won in a new course record of 2:05:30. His second marathon was at the fast course of Berlin, where he improved his time to 2:04:05. In 2014 Eliud continued winning races, by winning Rotterdam and Chicago marathon. He also won the prestigious London marathon twice. In 2015 he beat Kipsang and Kimetto and won year later he ran the second fastest marathon ever clocking 2:03:05, only 8 seconds abovethe World Record. Only a few months later he claimed the Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro.
|2016||Olympic Games Marathon ||1st||2:08:44|
|2014||Chicago Marathon ||1st||2:04:11|
|2012||Lille Half Marathon ||3rd||59:25|
|2010||Commonwealth Games 5000m ||2nd||13:31.32|
|2008||Olympic Games 5000m ||2nd||13:02.80|
|2007||World Championships 5000m||2nd||13:46.00|
|2007||World Championships 10.000m||2nd||26:49.02|
|2006||World Indoor Championships 3000m ||3rd||7:42.58|
|2004||Olympic Games 5000m||3rd||13:15.10|
|2003||World Championships 5000m||1st||12:52.79|
|Yigrem Demelash ||ETH/1994||59:49|
Yigrem Demelash came into notice at the 2011 Great Ethiopian Run in Addis Ababa. He finished second in a field full of international top athletes. In 2012 Yigrem represented Ethiopia at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. He started as one of the favorites in the 10.000m and he won this race with a eight seconds margin over the silver medalist and a 14 seconds margin over the bronze medalist. In the last meeting of the summer season, the Diamond League in Brussels, he ran a new personal best and Ethiopian junior record in the 10.000m by running 26:57.56. He made his first steps towards road races in the Netherlands in 2014. He finished second in a very competitive 15km road race in the Netherlands. He made his half marathon debut in 2016 and clocked a fast 59:49 in Venlo. A few months later he set a world leading performance of 26:51.11 at the Ethiopian trials and qualified for the Olympic Games. There, he just missed the bronze medal by 0.01 as he was outsprinted by Tamirat Tola.
|2016||Olympic Games 10.000m||4th||27:06.27|
|2016||Ethiopian Trials 10.000m||1st||26:51.11|
|2016||Venlo Half Marathon ||3rd||59:49|
|2014||Seven hills race 15k||2nd||42:26|
|2012||Diamond League Brussels||4th||26:57.56 (NJR)|
|2012||World Junior Championships 10.000m||1st||28:16.07|
|2012||Diamond League Oslo||8th||13:03.30|
Kenyan born Leonard Korir moved to the United States to study Political Science at the Iona College in 2009. Once he got used to the American college life, he turned out to be a good athlete. He won his first NCAA indoor title in 2011, by winning the 5000m in a new Iona Record. Only a few months later he won his second NCAA title by winning the 10.000m. After graduating Leonard Korir moved to Colorado Springs to join the American Distance Project to train under coach Scott Simmons. He used to focus on track races but he made his half marathon debut in 2014. The 2015 season started of great of Leonard with a victory in the NYC Half Marathon. Later on in 2015, Leonard decided to join the army and applied for American citizenship. This year he already represented his new country at the Olympic Games and he won the USA 20k championships.
|2016||USA 20k Championships||1st||59:15|
|2016||Olympic Games 10.000m||14th||28:35.65|
|2015||New York Half Marathon||1st||61:06|
|2014||Boston B.A.A. Half Marathon||3rd||61:51|
|2013||New York Half Marathon||4th||61:19|
|2011||NCAA Indoor Championships 5000m||1st||13:26.01|
South African Gladwin Mzazi was born in the province of Eastern Cape. He currently lives in Pretoria where he combines his training with a Sport Management study at Tshwana University of Technology. Gladwin is a two time winner of the Universiade and a two timer SA champion in the 5000m.
|2016||Cape Town 10k||3rd||29:09|
|2015||South African university championship 10.000m||2nd||27:56.90|
|2014||Cape Town 10k||1st||28:22|
|2014||Prague Half Marathon||12th||61:55|
|2013||New Delhi Half Marathon||7th||61:12|
|2013||Universiade Half Marathon||1st||63:37|
|2012||World Championships Half Marathon||18th||63:46|
|2012||South African Champs Half Marathon||3rd||61:38|
Jackson Kiprop came into the spotlights in India in 2013. He started the Mumbai marathon as a pace maker but finished the race and won in a new course record of 2:09:32. He ran his second marathon at the World Championships in Moscow where he helped his teammate Stephen Kiprotich during the race. Stephen won gold, and Jackson finished in tenth position. In 2014 Jackson did not compete in any race as he was suffering from an infection and he could not train for months. But in 2015 he returned to racing and finished as 10th at the World Championships.
|2015||Delhi Half Marathon||14th||62:30|
|2015||World Championships Beijing||10th||2:15:15|
|2015||Ribarroja Half Marathon||1st||63:12|
|2013||New York Marathon||7th||2:10:56|
|2013||World Championships Moscow||10th||2:12:12|
|2013||Göteborg Half Marathon||1st||63:13|
|2012||World Half Marathon Championships||7th||62:05|
Paul Pollock starts to run at the age of 17 and he represents Northern Ireland at various championships; World XC Junior, Euro XC Junior and the Commonwealth Youth Games. He keeps on running socially during his medical study as it gives him a distraction from the medical books. During his first year as a doctor, he realizes he could make the Olympic team if he would put his mind to it and he decides to pursue his dream. His medical trust allows him to take a year off, he phones Andy Hobdell and a coach is found. After six months of training, he develops a serious knee injury and needs surgery. His Olympic dream seems very far away and Paul returns to full time medical work in August 2012. He recovers better than expected from the surgery and he plans to make his marathon debut in Dublin 2012. He finishes after 2 hours and 16 minutes and qualifies for the World Championships in Moscow. One week before the World Championships he stops working fulltime as a doctor and finishes 21st in Moscow. After the World Championships he moves to Teddington to be closer to his coach and training group. His move pays off as he improves his personal bests from 3.000m to marathon. In 2014 he runs an impressive 62:09 at the World Half Marathon Championships. At the 2015 Berlin marathon he runs the qualifying time for the Olympics, and his dream of representing Northern Ireland at the Olympics comes true. This year he already represented Northern Ireland at the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff where he finished a superb 14th. Mo Farah was the only European to finish ahead of Paul.
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||14th||62:46|
|2015||Irish Half Marathon Championships||1st||65:09|
|2014||World Half Marathon Championships||30th||62:09|
Sibusiso Nzima lives and trains in Johannesburg and is coached by former top athlete Hendrick Ramaala. He represents the Nedbank Running club in South Africa. He has won his first national title at the 2008 South African 10k championships. His international athletics career started in 2009 where he competed in the etherlands. In the following years he has won silver and bronze medals at various national championship races.
Sibusiso Nzima decided to make his marathon debut in the 2013 Hamburg Marathon where he finished in 6th position and made the South African team for the World Championships in Moscow. In 2016 he improved his personal best to 2:11:43 by finishing 4th in Seville marathon.
|2012||Mossel Bay Half Marathon||1st||62:33|
|2011||South African 10.000m Championships||2nd||28:31:51|
|2010||South African Half Marathon Championships||2nd||62:10|
|2008||South African Championships 10k||1st||28:52|
|Alphonce Felix Simbu||TAN/1992||62:58|
Tanzania is known to have produced strong long distance runners over the years and Alphonce is their new rising start. The young Tanzanian has little international experience, the same goes for marathon which Olympics was just his 5th marathon. Running conservatively the first half crossing 24th moving up to 11th at 35km finishing 5th in the end, the best ever performance by a Tanzanian in the Olympic Marathon. Alphonce only run a small number of half marathons Nanning in 2013 being his last international half marathon it may be expected that the rising star of Tanzanian athletics will improve his personal best by a big margin in Delhi.
|2016||Olympic Games Marathon||5th||2:11:15|
|2016||Lake Biwa Marathon||3rd||2:09.19|
|2015||World Championships Marathon||12th||2:16:58|
|2015||Gold Coast Marathon||6th||2:12:01|
|2015||World Championships Cross||48th|
|2013||Nanning Half Marathon||4th||62:58|
|2011||All African Games Maputo 10.000m||8th||29:58:20|
Augustine Choge has a very impressive track career so far, he has won medals at both the 2016 and 2012 World Indoor Championships in the 3000m distance. He also is the 2006 Commonwealth Games champion in the 5000m. Augustine is now moving up to the road races and made his debut in the half marathon this year in Philadelphia, where he won the race. Augustine comes from Kaptagat in Kenya where he runs for the police. He comes from the same area where Eliud Kipchoge trains.
|2016||Philadelphia Half Marathon||1st||63:24|
|2016||World Indoor Championships 3000m||3rd||7:57.43|
|2012||World Indoor Championships 3000m||2nd||7:41:77|
|2011||Stuttgart Indoor 3000m||2nd||7:28:00|
|2011||Birmingham Indoor 1500m||1st||3:33:23|
|2006||Commonwealth Games 5000m||1st||12:56:41|
|2005||Diamond League Rome||4th||12:53:66|
|2004||World Junior Championships 5000m||1st||13:28:93|
David McNeill got in touch with athletics in college, the Xiavier college has a long tradition in athletics. Since a young age, he mainly focused on track races. He represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. He also competed in the NCAA in the USA and won the prestigious NCAA title in 2010. He still trains in the USA most of the year. McNeill is a self-proclaimed foodie and cooking enthusiast and has been vegetarian most of his life.
|2016||Olympic Games 10.000m||16th||27:51:71|
|2016||Great Manchester Run||3rd||28:39|
|2015||Payton Jordan Invitational 10.000m||4th||27:45:01|
|2010||NCAA Championships 5000m||1st||13:44:81|
|2010||Commonwealth Games Delhi 5000m||8th||13:47:40|
|2009||World Championships 10.000m||24th||29:18:59|
International Athletes Women
The reigning World Champion half marathon and this year’s winner of the TCS World 10k Bangalore will make her Delhi debut this year. Peres won the World half marathon Championships earlier this year where she beat last year’s Delhi winner Cynthia Limo on the final straight. Peres Jepchirchir focused on cross country before moving to the roads. Her breakthrough came in 2014 at the Kenyan Cross Country Championships where she finished second. In 2015, she improved her personal best on the roads to 30:55 over 10km and 67:17 for the half marathon. Peres hopes to become a good marathon athlete in in the future.
|2016||Usti Half Marathon||1st||67:24|
|2016||World Half Marathon Championship||1st||67:31|
|2016||RAK Half Marathon||4th||66:39|
|2015||Usti Half Marathon||1st||67:17|
Worknesh Degefa is specialized in the half marathon and is very competitive over this distance. She has been running 22 half marathon in the past four years, and finished 15 times in top three position. She set her personal best of 66:14 this year in Prague. It will be her first appearance in Delhi and she hopes to break her personal best of the fast course of Delhi.
|2016||Prague Half Marathon||2nd||66:14|
|2016||Rome-Ostia Half Marathon||1st||67:08|
|2015||All-Africa Games Half Marathon||2nd||72:42|
|2015||Prague Half Marathon||1st||67:14|
|2015||Göteborg Half Marathon||1st||68:13|
|2014||Lisbon Half Marathon||1st||68:46|
|2014||Göteborg Half Marathon||1st||70:12|
|2013||Rome-Ostia Half Marathon||3rd||67:49|
|2013||Yangzhou Half Marathon||1st||68:43|
Mary Wacera is a strong road racer and has competed in many half marathon and 10km races. He has represented Kenya at the 2014 and 2016 World Half Marathon Championships, winning respectively a silver and a bronze medal. This year started very good for Mary as she has run the fastest half-marathon ever on US soil (66:29 at Houston). More recently she successfully defended her title at the Boston half marathon.
|2016||Boston Half Marathon||1st||70:19|
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||3rd||67:54|
|2016||San Juan 10k||1st||31:49|
|2016||Houston Half Marathon||1st||66:29|
|2015||Boston Half Marathon||1st||70:21|
|2014||World Half Marathon Championships||2nd||67:43|
|2014||San Juan 10k||1st||32:06|
|2006||World Junior Championships 5000m||3rd||15:36:82|
Gladys Chesir is a cheerful athlete who trains and lives in Iten in Kenya. She is coached by former Dutch marathon athlete Hugo van den Broek. Gladys has made huge progressions since she decided to make the move to road racing. She is making progression every year. In 2015 she ran a world leading time of 30:41 at the 10k in Berlin. She also improved her personal best in Delhi half marathon in November but she knew she could go even faster. Early 2016, she traveled to RAK and lowered her personal best with more than 90 seconds again. Because of her strong performance there, the Kenyan federation selected her for the world half marathon championships, where she finished sixth.
|2016||Tilburg Ladies 10k||2nd||31:58|
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||6th||68:46|
|2016||RAK Half Marathon||5th||66:57|
|2015||Delhi Half Marathon||3rd||68:36|
|2015||All-Africa Games 10.000m||2nd||31:36.87|
|2015||Kenyan 10.000m Championships||3rd||32:10.61|
|2015||TCS World 10k Bangalore||3rd||32:12|
|2015||Yangzhou Half Marathon||6th||69:17|
|2014||Seven hills race 15k||3rd||48:43|
|2010||Youth Olympic Games 3000m||1st||9:13.58|
Netsanet made her breakthrough in 2013 by winning the competitive Great Ethiopian Run. A few months later she made her half marathon debut and she was chosen to represent Ethiopia at the World Half Marathon Championships where she won the silver team medal. Last year she got another chance to represent her country at the World Cross Country Championships, where she took the third place.
|2016||Ethiopian Trials 10.000m||4th||30:36.75|
|2016||World Half Marathon Championships||4th||68:01|
|2015||Valencia Half Marathon||1st||67:31|
|2015||Tout Rennes Court 10k||1st||15:22|
|2015||Ethiopian 10.000m trials||6th||31:06.53|
|2015||World Cross Country Championships||3rd|
|2014||TCS World 10k Bangalore||6th|
|2014||World Half Marathon Championships||6th||68:45|
|2013||Great Ethiopian Run||1st||33:24|
Helah Kiprop is well-known in India, she was the TCS World 10k Champion in 2012 and she won Cochin Half Marathon in 2013. She is an all-round athlete, holding personal best of 31:44 for 10k, 67:39 for half marathon and 2:24:03 in the marathon. Last year she won the silver medal at the World Marathon Championships in Beijing. Early this year she won the prestigious Tokyo marathon.
|2015||World Championships Marathon||2nd||2:27:36|
|2015||Istanbul Half Marathon||2nd||68:23|
|2014||Seoul International Marathon||1st||2:27:29|
|2014||RAK Half Marathon||4th||68:36|
|2013||TCS World 10k Bangalore||6th||32:26|
|2013||Cochin Half Marathon||1st||71:54|
|2013||Berlin Half Marathon||1st||67:54|
|2012||TCS Bangalore 10k||1st||32:22|
The career of Valeria Straneo started late at the age of 35, after giving birth to two sons. She ran an Italian record in the 2012 Rotterdam marathon and qualified for the Olympic Games. At the Olympics in London she finished as number eight. One year later, she won the silver marathon medal at the World Championships in Moscow. She won the same medal at the 2014 European Championships. This year she made the Italian team for the Olympics again and finished as 13th.
|2016||Olympic Games marathon||13th||2:29:44|
|2014||European Championships marathon||2nd||2:25:27|
|2014||World Championships half marathon||8th||68:54|
|2013||World Championships marathon||2nd||2:25:58|
|2014||Lisbon Half Marathon||1st||69:23|
|2012||Olympic Games marathon||7th||2:25:27|
|2012||Rome Ostia Half Marathon||4th||67:46|
Rose Chelimo has been clocking fast times over the past few years. She has won races like Lisbon and Valencia half marathon. This year she made her marathon debut and won her debut marathon in Seoul. She qualified for the Olympic Games and represented Bahrain in the marathon. She finished in eight position.
|2016||Olympic Games marathon||8th||2:27:36|
|2016||RAK Half Marathon||9th||68:08|
|2015||Lisbon Half Marathon||1st||68:22|
|2015||Valencia Half Marathon||1st||68:54|
Afera Godfay will travel with confidence to Delhi as she improved her personal best in half marathon in September 2016, by finishing third in Usti. She also ran a new personal best over 10km in September.
|2016||Usti Half Marathon||3rd||68:32|
|2015||Prague Half Marathon||5th||69:51|
|2015||Paris Half Marathon||2nd||70:08|
|2014||Prague Half Marathon||5th||69:52|
Ababel Yeshaneh is an allround athlete who combines track and road races. She has represented Ethiopia at the 2013 World Championships in the 10.000m and at the 2016 Olympic Games in the 5000m. Early this year she set a personal best over the half marathon distance in Turkey where she ran 69:36.
|2016||Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro||14th||15:18.26|
|2016||Diamond League Rabat||5th||14:41.58|
|2016||Adana Half Marathon||1st||69:36|
|2015||Doha Half Marathon||1st||71:11|
|2014||Lisbon Half Marathon||4th||72:11|
|2013||World Championships 10.000m||9th||32:02.09|
Gelete Burka is a well-known athlete in track & field. She has represented Ethiopia at two Olympic Games, two World Championships and three World Indoor Championships, and has won four medals. She became the World Indoor Champion over 1500m in 2008, and won bronze at the 2010 and 2012 World Indoor Championships in respectively the 1500m and 3000m. In 2015 she won the silver medal at the World Championships 10.000m in Beijing. Gelete Burka also won two gold medal at the World Cross Country Championships in 2005 (junior race) and 2006. At the moment, Gelete combines track competitions with road races. She has run three marathons so far and has a personal best of 2:26 which she ran in Houston in 2014. So far, she has only run one half marathon (finishing third in Bogota in 2014) and is looking forward to a fast half marathon in Delhi.
|2016||Olympic Games 10.000m||8th||30:26.66|
|2015||World Championships 10.000m||2nd||31:41.77|
|2012||San Silvestre Vallecana 10k||1st||30:53|
|2012||Olympic Games 5000m||5th||15:10.66|
|2012||World Indoor Championships 3000m||3rd||8:40.18|
|2010||World Indoor Championships 1500m||3rd||4:08.39|
|2008||World Indoor Championships 1500m||1st||3:59.75|
|2006||World Cross Country Championships||1st|
Alemitu Heroye has only competed on the track so far and will make her road racing debut in Delhi. She came into prominence at the world cross country championships in 2013, where she won the bronze medal in the junior race. One year later she became world junior champion in the 5000m.
|2016||Diamond Leauge Rabat||6th||14:43.58|
|2015||World Championships Beijing 10.000m||7th||31:49.73|
|2015||Trials Hengelo 10.000m||2nd||30:50.83|
|2015||Diamond League Shanghai 5000m||4th||14:43.28|
|2014||World Junior Championships 5000m||1st||15:10.08|
|2013||World XC Championships Junior||3rd|