2022 London Marathon Diary: The ladies to be careful for on the 2022 London Marathon


Justin Lagat wrote this piece on the elite girls’s race on the 2022 TCS London Marathon, to be held on 2 October 2022.

Given the comparatively new names within the marathon occasion which are lining up in the beginning line of the 2022 London Marathon on Sunday within the girls’s race and their private finest instances within the half marathon distance that a few of them have been previous world data; one wouldn’t assist however wonder if the course file of two:15:25 that was set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003 will stand.

The defending champion, Kenya’s Joyciline Jepkosgei, shall be again on the beginning line in an try to win a second London Marathon title within the very robust girls’s elite area.

With two world marathon main titles -2019 New York Metropolis and 2021 London Marathons- underneath her title, the 27-year-old Jepkosgei seems to be the favourite.

However with a world file of 29:14 for the 10K and a time of 1:03:51 for the half marathon, the race between Yalemzerf Yehualaw and the defending champion shall be thrilling to look at.

Yehualaw from Ethiopia is the second quickest on paper with a time of two:17:23 that he ran to set a brand new course file in Hamburg final yr. Earlier than Tigist Assefa might run 2:15:37 on the Berlin Marathon this previous weekend, Yehualaw’s was the quickest debut ever.

After the withdrawal of the world file holder, Brigid Kosgei, her coaching accomplice underneath the identical coach and administration, Judith Korir, who was set to be a pacemaker within the race, has determined to run the complete distance as an alternative. Korir received a silver medal on the World Athletics Championships in Oregon this yr and can be the reigning Paris Marathon champion.

The opposite girl to be careful for within the race would be the 31-year-old Kenyan-born Romanian citizen, Joan Chelimo Melly.

“I do consider I’m a sub 2:20 marathon runner, I do know I’ve it in my legs, and so my goal this yr shall be to run underneath two hours and 20 minutes. Though I can’t say, I shall be going for that point in Seoul since I’ve by no means run on the course earlier than and I can’t inform how robust the course shall be,’ mentioned Chelimo, whose private finest time was 2:20.57 after I interviewed her in April earlier than she went to the Seoul Marathon and ran a private finest time and a brand new nationwide file of two:18:04 to win the ladies’s race. This places her within the ninth place on the World athletics rating.

The aggressive girls’s area has eight runners who’ve private finest instances of underneath 2hrs 20 minutes.


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