TCS London Marathon ladies’s preview: Sifan Hassan debut, Brigid Kosgei to defend legacy

For the reason that ladies’s elite area for the 2023 London Marathon was introduced in February, many followers have circled April 23 on their calendar, as six sub-2:18 ladies and 5 present world file holders will battle it out for the celebrated London crown.

The race will function marathon world file holder Brigid Kosgei, reigning Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir and the prolific , who can be making her much-anticipated marathon debut. 2022 London Marathon champion of Ethiopia additionally returns to London in defence of her title, solely months after operating 29:19 for 10K. 

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei on prime of the rostrum on the 2020 London Marathon. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Can anybody cease Kosgei?

The quickest ladies’s marathoner in historical past, Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, has 5 Abbott World Marathon Main titles to her identify, together with two wins in London in 2019 and 2020. On Sunday, the two:14:04 lady appears to be like so as to add a 3rd London Marathon win to her spectacular resume, though she faces one among her hardest challenges in London.

Kosgei had a quiet 2022 season, amassing just one win, on the 2022 Tokyo Marathon in a course file time of two:16:02. Since her final main win in March 2022, she has not gained in her final three begins, together with getting dropped by the lead group late on the RAK Half Marathon in February, the place 2023 Boston Marathon championtook the win in 1:05:05. 

Fortunately for Kosgei, she is not going to must face Obiri in London, however she’s going to go up towards the girl who beat her for Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020, her compatriot, Peres Jepchirchir. Jepchirchir hasn’t misplaced a marathon since 2015 and has collected wins at NYC, Boston and the Tokyo Olympics, changing into the primary lady to drag off the triple in a single calendar 12 months. Though Jepchirchir’s greatest of two:17:16 is nothing close to Kosgei’s 2:14, she is taken into account among the best tactical racers on the planet and has proven off her late kick in her final three marathon victories. 

Peres Jepchirchir wins the 126th Boston Marathon. Photograph: Kevin Morris

At Friday’s press convention, Jepchirchir informed the media that the London Marathon has at all times been her dream race to win. She has already gained two of the hardest majors and can search for her third Sunday morning.

When it comes to pace and expertise, Yehualaw is an athlete who will be unpredictable and trigger hassle for Kosgei. Yehualaw has gained six of her final seven races and her final two marathons in London and Hamburg (each in 2022). As we noticed in Boston with, it’s onerous to wager towards the reigning champion.

The most effective of the remaining

Sifan Hassan is outwardly similar to the remainder of us. She stated in Friday’s press convention that she doesn’t know what to anticipate. “I’m excited however on the identical time nervous,” she stated to reporters. “I at all times get up and ask myself why did I resolve to run a marathon.” The 2-time Olympic and world champion says she didn’t change a lot in her coaching, and doesn’t have a time aim in thoughts. “The marathon is a special distance for me; I have no idea what to anticipate, however I need to attempt it,” stated Hassan.

The 30-year-old Dutch distance runner plans on returning to the monitor after the London Marathon to qualify for the 2023 World Championships within the 5,000 and 10,000m. 

Two others to observe are the Ethiopian duo of Almaz Ayana andGenzebe Dibaba, each of whom made their marathon debuts on the 2022 TCS Amsterdam Marathon final October. The duo, with Ayana’s time of two:17:20 being the quickest ladies’s marathon debut in historical past. The 1,500m world file holder, Dibaba, was second in 2:18:05.

Sifan Hassan battles Genzebe Dibaba in ladies’s 3,000m on the 2019 Prefontaine Traditional in Eugene, Ore. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Additionally coming back from the 2022 London Marathon are the third-place finisher Alemu Megertu of Ethiopia, and, who completed fourth. Jeptum Korir earned her first main championship medal in Eugene final summer season, successful silver behind Ethiopia’s Gotytom Gebrselase within the marathon.

British half marathon file holder and 2022 Commonwealth Video games champion Eilish McColgan was additionally set to make her long-awaited marathon debut, however needed to drop out on Thursday as a consequence of a knee drawback. Canadian file holder was the lone Canadian within the ladies’s elite area, however that she has been battling an damage and sickness and won’t make the journey to London.

Wodak and McColgan be part of the lengthy listing of scratches, which embrace additionally the fifth quickest in historical past, 2022 Berlin champion debutant Girmawit Gebrzihair, and the American duo and Keira D’Amato

Canadian Operating’s decide: Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) goes back-to-back on the London Marathon in 2:16-high.

Tips on how to watch

When you’ve got a subscription to , you possibly can comply with Sunday’s marathon protection beginning at 3:30 a.m. E.T. The elite ladies will begin at 9 a.m. native time, whereas the elite males will go off at 9:40 a.m.

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