Tadese faces 13 sub-60 minute runners (4 sub-59:00) including Bernard Koech (58:41), Stanley Biwott (58:56) and former marathon WR holder Wilson Kipsang. Women's field has 8 sub-68 women as Jeptoo is up against World Half champ Gladys Cherono and Common Wealth Games champion Joyce Chepkirui.
They lead a slew of other 2:04-2:06 men. Olympic champion Tiki Gelana heads the women's race against Flomena Cheyech (2:22:44) and Commonwealth Games 10,000 champ Joyce Chepkirui.
12:48 man Alamirew was 3rd while Kipsang was 7th and Kiptoo actually set a 10K PR with his split of 27:54. Joyce Chepkirui won the women's race in 51:34, beating Jackline Chepngeno by 4-seconds. *Full Results
Finishing one second behind Cheruiyot to secure a spot for Worlds was former NCAA champ Betsy Saina. Commonwealth champ Joyce Chepkirui was 3rd and World XC champ Agnes Tirop 5th. OTC's Sally Kipyego was a DNF.
She just beat former world youth 3,000m champion Jackline Chepngeno (32:08.18) who ran her first competitive race in five years after battling injuries.
Her marathon PR is only 2:30, but she has a 66:19 in the half. She's also cousins with Geoffrey Mutai.
She will be paced by her husband Eric Kogo. While being elite runners, the two also own and work their own farm.
Do elites even care about those flower boquets they get at the finish when they win? Chepkirui does anyway and even remembers which meets give the best ones.
They were both timed with 31.02, but Chepkirui was given the win after they both broke the tape. Ethiopia's Kinde Atanaw won the men's race (27:49).
2:04 marathon man Bernard Koech won the 10-mile race in 45:12 (Leonard Komon was 8th in 47:27).
Eunice Sum comfortably won her 800 heat in 2:02.43 as Asbel Kiprop won his heat over Ronald Kwemoi and Ayanleh Souleiman as all 3 advanced.
The 1:07:03 runner will face a deep field with 7 sub-70-minute runners including 2-time World XC champ Emily Chebet (1:08:20) and former NYC Marathon champ Firehiwot Dado (1:08:35). In the men's field there are 4 sub-60-runners and 2 more who have ran just over, led by Philemon Limo (59:30) and Hunegnaw Mesfin and Peter Kirui (both 59:39).
1:07:03 woman Joyce Chepkirui leads women's field that includes 2-time World XC champ Emily Chebet, Worknesh Debele (1:07:49) and 2011 NYC Marathon champ Firehiwot Dado. The men are led by Atsedu Tsegay (58:47), 2012 New York Half Marathon winner Peter Kirui and 2011 Prague winner Philemon Limo.