ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon has revealed the first round of world class runners joining the elite race, taking place for the first time in Abu Dhabi on December 7, 2018.
“The UAE is proud to welcome elite athletes from across the globe to join us for the inaugural ADNOC
Abu Dhabi Marathon. These athletes are at the top of their game and we hope it will inspire the wider community to take part in the different race categories.” Said H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
In the Elite Male Category is Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum, the new world half marathon record holder, a title he won last Sunday in the Valencia Half Marathon boasting an incredible record time of 58:18. Kiptum also won the 2018 Daegu Marathon (2:06:29) and got his best performance at the 2017 Amsterdam Marathon completed with a time of 2:05:26.
Next up is Kenya’s Stanley Biwott, winner of the world-renowned 2015 New York City marathon, will be on the start line on December 7th 2018. Biwott earned his first major marathon victory in 2015, crossing the line in 2:10:32, 14 seconds ahead of his competition. At the 2016 London Marathon he ran a career best of 2:03:51 with his performance making him one of 10 men to run a sub 2 hours 4 minutes marathon.
Representing the Elite Women, and hailing from Ethiopia will be Gelete Burka, 10,000m silver medalist at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, World Champion at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and World Indoor Champion at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
Finally, Bahraini Eunice Chumba Chebichii, 10,000m silver medalist at the 2018 Asian Games and 2015 Asian Athletics Championships, will join the race. She is currently ranked as the 19th all-time best runner in half marathon history with a record time of 1:06:11, which she achieved during the Copenhagen Half Marathon in 2017.
These are just four of the athletes who will race in the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon on December 7th. They will also be promoting healthy and active lifestyles to the capital’s residents and encouraging the community to get involved in this historic sporting event in the UAE.
The full line up of word class runners will be announced at a press conference on December 6th and will be attended by the athletes.
There is still time to join in and take part in the various race categories. For more information
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