Kenyan Showdown At The Turin Marathon

Benson Cherono is the man to beat at this year's Turin Marathon. Photo: IAAF

Both pre-race favorites have won major Italian marathons.

It will be Kenyan versus Kenyan at the Turin Marathon this Sunday. Benson Cherono, a 2:07 marathoner and the winner of the 2006 Milano Marathon, will be facing off against rival John Komen who won last year’s Venice Marathon.

Cherono won in Los Angeles in 2006 with 2:08:40 and also boasts a third-place Boston showing in 2005. Rival Komen’s victory in Venice last year was a new course record: 2:08:13. In that race, the Kenyan ran a negative split on the more-challenging second half. This year, Komen finished tenth in the Boston Marathon in 2:11:48.

The women’s race is wide open with a pair of twin sisters expected to compete for the win. Olesya and Yelena Nurgalieva from Russia have career bests of 2:27:47 and 2:29:49, respectively. Also in the running is Ethiopian Fate Tola Geleto who clocked a PR of 2:28:58 this year in Rome.

This year’s Turin Marathon is the 24th edition and an IAAF Silver-Label Road Race.

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