The 2,500-year anniversary of the world’s first marathon will take place on Sunday. Not surprisingly, the expected winner isn’t Greek.
A strong international field is expected for the Athens Classic Marathon. Highlighting the men’s field in the anniversary race is the Kenyan, Jonathon Kipkorir, a 2:07 marathoner.
“The organizers would like us the go for the course record [Baldini’s gold medal 2:10:55 in 2004], and if the weather is good, then maybe we can go out in 65-66 (mins, for halfway). I know I’m favourite, but anyone who can run 2:10 is a potential winner,” Kipkorir said.
Two Russians and one Japanese runner are vying for the top spot in the women’s race. The 2006 European Championship bronze medalist Irina Permitina, Prague Marathon winner Olga Glok and Eri Hayakawa are the pre-race favorites.
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