Kenyans favourites for Delhi half-marathon

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Long-distance running has been almost synonymous with African athletes and the favourites for Sunday's half-marathon in the Capital are all Kenyans.

Kenyans favourites for Delhi half-marathon

New Delhi:

Long-distance running has been almost synonymous with African athletes and the favourites for Sunday's half-marathon in the Capital are all Kenyans. Widely expected to sweep all titles this time, the team from Kenya contains past and present marathon world champions."I know I'm the favourite because I'm a champion, so I know all tactics. I don't know how the weather is, but I have trained nicely, because I want to come to New Delhi and win," said Edith Masai, Marathon and cross-country champion. "It's a lot of challenges, because this time there are a lot of world champions running, like (fellow Kenyans) Paul Kosgei, Wilberforce Talel and other guys from Tanzania. So yes, there are a lot of challenges, no doubt," said Paul Kirui, winner, Delhi Half-Marathon 2004. Bigger and bettera€¦The Kenyans capped a fine performance last year, when they won the team title as well. So the list of winners may not change. But the event promises to be bigger and better and more glamorous. "It's a reflection of what Delhi is all about. We're going to be hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, hopefully the 2014 Asian Games as well. So it's time Delhi shows to India and the rest of the world what it's all about," said Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, Brand Ambassador, Delhi Half Marathon,It's the strongest possible field this time for the Hutch Delhi Half-Marathon, which begins and ends at the Nehru Stadium. The Kenyans, of course, are, are the favourites with personal bests of under one-hour, over the 21 km event. And though the Indians are not expected to match this, there is a separate prize fund for them, to ensure that they too get a share of the spoils.



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