Saturday, 16 December 2017 17:49

athlete Peter Kimeli Some of the best in the Shenzhen Marathon

Peter Kimeli Some of the best and most promising runners for the Shenzhen Marathon, but they will line up against the strongest opponents at the IAAF Bronze Road Race Label on Sunday (17).

It has been four years since Some set his PB of 2:05:38 to win at the 2013 Paris Marathon. Although that remains his only sub-2:07 time to date, the 27-year-old Kenyan is still competitive and finished second at the Daegu Marathon in April in 2:09:22.

Based on this year's performances, fellow Edwin Kimaiyo is a little more than a few years ago in Shanghai. This is Kimaiyo's runner-up marathon runner, but he is still a race away from the classic distance.

Ethiopia's Samuel Demie has also been in PB form this year, clocking 2:09:44 in Rabat back in March. The 31-year-old has made it to the podium in six of its eight career marathons.

Tewelde Estifanos is another experienced performer. He represented Eritrea in the marathon at last year’s Olympic Games and finished ninth at the 2012 World Half Marathon Championships. He set his PB of 2:09:16 in 2015, the same year in which he won the Beppu-Oita Marathon, and has a best this year of 2:13:38.

PB in Dubai in 2015, but the train Jakarta, Dubai, Daegu and Toronto marathon winner has run two sub-2: 30 marathons this season. The 33-year-old clocked 2:29:17 to finish seventh in Prague in May and 2:29:55 to finish fourth in Istanbul last month.

Ethiopian Fellow Aberash Fayesa Robi is the fastest of the women's field based on 2017 times. The 22-year-old clocked a PB of 2:27:04 to finish third in Barcelona in March, while more recently she ran a half marathon PB of 1:11:35 in October.

The favorite, though, could be someone who has just marathon to date. Kyrgyzstan's Daria Maslova won the 5000m and 10,000m at this year's Asian Championships, then competed at the World Championships in London before winning the World University Games title over 10,000m.

Maslova ran 2:38:47 in a low-key marathon last year, but her PBs of 15:00.42 for 5000m, 31:36.90 for 10,000m and 1:11:06 for the half marathon suggest she is capable of significantly improving her marathon PB.

Compatriot Viktoria Poliudina is also set to compete. The 28-year-old represented Kyrgyzstan in the marathon at last year's Olympics and this year's World Championships. Three weeks after running in London, she clocked a PB of 2:37:45 in Astana.

Others in the field include China's He Yinli, who will be contesting his third marathon within three months, and Kenya's Mirriam Wangari.