2018 was the best year in the history of the women's marathoning. Coming into the year, only five women in history had ever broken 2:19 but six different women did it 2019. Plus 11 times a woman broke 2:20 in 2018, the most in history.
The 2:08:07 man will face Peter Kirui (2:06:31), Evans Chebet (2:07:46), Deribe Robi (2:06:06), Teferi Kebede (2:07:35). The women are led by Ethiopians Yebrqual Melese (2:23:23), Tadelech Bekele (2:22:51) and Ashete Bekere (2:23:46).