Deep Field Expected For The Delhi Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 11, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 11, 2010 at 10:27 AM UTC

There are ten, sub-hour half marathoners entered.

The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon will kick off in the Indian capital on November 21. The field there is extremely competitive. At the top of the list is Ethiopian marathoner Deriba Merga who has clocked a 59:15 personal best on the course. Merga will be challenged by his countryman Eshetu Wendimu, who has a personal best of 59.56.

Many world-class Kenyans will be there as well.

Geoffrey Mutai, who has a personal best of 59:30, and recently ran for second at last weekend’s ING New York City Marathon, is expected to race. Mutai hopes to defeat Merga who outran him for the victory last year.

Joining Mutai will be his teammate and training partner, Erick Ndiema. Other top Kenyan runners in the field are Sammy Kosgei, Silas Kipruto, Kiplimo Kimutai and Leonard Lagat.

In the women’s race, it should be an Ethiopian affair. The 2008 winner, Aselefech Mergia, will make a return. Joining her will be Mare Dibaba and Aberu Kebede.

For More: The Hindu

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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