NAIROBI, Kenya, October 21- Matthew Kisorio, the fourth finisher at this year’s World Cross and the second fastest half marathoner this season has been added to the deep New York Marathon men’s field.
According to New York Road Runners (NYRR) organisers Kisorio who ran his half marathon personal best of 58:46 in Philadelphia this September where he won, will make his debut in the 42km race at the Big Apple on November 6.
The 22-year-old who captained his nation at the Punta Umbria World Cross in March where he aided the men’s 12km scoop team gold also won the Stramilano Half Marathon (60:03) late March.
NYRR also announced compatriot Stephen Kibet last year’s SportZone Half-Marathon (Portugal) winner, Ethiopia’s World Championships bronze winner, Feyisa Lilesa and Moroccan Olympian Mohammed Falil as the other late inclusions in the men’s line-up.
The race will serve up the battle of the Mutai’s with London champion Emmanuel facing off with his Boston equivalent and namesake, Geoffrey with the pair out to dethrone Ethiopia’s Gebregziabher Gebremariam who will defend from the New York crown.
The Mutais are training for the race some 26km apart with the London winner and course record holder (2:04:40) based in Kaptagat as the Boston titleholder who blasted to 2:03:02, the fastest ever finish to a marathon charting his build-up in Kapkitony.
Two-time New York winner, Martin Lel withdrew from the race injured with Ethiopia’s Olympics and Worlds medallist, Tsegay Kebede, Olympian Juan Luis Barrios of Mexico and Jaouad Gharib of Morocco and American debut marathoners Bobby Curtis and Ed Moran among the list of elite runners.
In the women’s race that was rocked by the pull-out of the titleholder, Edna Kiplagat who is nursing knee injury, NYRR announced Inga Abitova of Russia, the London runner-up, Werknesh Kidane and the spouse of Gebregzhiabher who won bronze at the 2007 Worlds are the highlight late additions.
Three-time Rome Marathon champion Firehiwot Dado of Ethiopia will also feature in the race where London titleholder and world half marathon record holder, Mary Keitany who is training in Iten is the runaway favourite.
Boston champion, Caroline Kilel, who is preparing for the five-borough race in Kitale, US Olympian Jen Rhines, New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith, British Olympian Jo Pavey, Portugal’s championship long-distance duo of Jéssica Augusto and Ana Dulce Félix are also in the mix.
American debut marathoners Lauren Fleshman and Molly Pritz, Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia, Swedish marathon record-holder Isabellah Andersson, and Galina Bogomolova, Russia’s second-fastest marathoner ever are other elites in the line-up.
The premier event of NYRR, the New Marathon is one of the world’s great road races, drawing some 140,000 applicants. It attracts many world-class professional athletes with $650,000 (Sh65m) up for grabs in prize money.