17 Gold Label athletes to shine at TATA Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru

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Bengaluru: With just over a week left before the Race Day, Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru announced the final line-up for the 2019 edition of the IAAF Gold Label race.

2017 World Marathon Champion and 2018 Asian Games Gold medalist Rose Chelimo and Mathew Kimeli further add teeth to the already strong staring line in the women and men’s field respectively.

A total of 17 Gold Label athletes, nine men and eight women, will be seen at the starting line on May 19. Seven of the 12 international elite men have personal best timings which are below the course record of 27:44 set by Geoffrey Kamworor way back in 2014 edition. Add to it, four of the 10 international elite women’s personal bests too are below the course record of 31:19 set by Agnes Tirop in the last edition. The Kenyan is returning to the city to defend her title.

For Tirop, her biggest competition could be Bahrain’s Chelimo who will be looking to surprise one and all at the event where she returns after two years. In the 2016 edition, Chelimo stood fifth in the race, but since then her career graph has taken an upward trajectory winning the 2017 Marathon World Championships and Asian Games Gold medalist in Marathon.

Kenya’s Mathew Kimeli also enters the field as the fastest runner in the competition. Just about two weeks back, Kimeli won the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K at 27:45. With a PB of 27:11, Kimeli will be the fastest athlete on the start line of the Bengaluru race. He achieved his best in Prague in September 2017 and went on to better the 28-minute barrier on three further occasions in 2018, of which 27:19 was his best time in New York in April 2018.

The US$213,000 event will also five debutants in the category including two Indian men; Pradeep Singh Chaudhary and Ranjeet Kumar Patel; and Parul Chaudhary in women’s category. Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey and Volha Mazuronak from Belarus will also make their debut being a part of the international elite women’s field. Letesenbet comes to the event at the back of three podium finishes; 1st in 10,000M Ethiopian Championships, 3rd at World Championships Cross and 2nd at Ethiopian Championships Cross. She has twice been the World Junior Cross Championships (2015, 2017).

10K World Record holder Joyciline Jepkosgei and Caroline Kipkirui have pulled out due to injuries.

MEN ELITE ATHLETES TCS WORLD 10K BANGALORE

  1. Mathew Kimeli KEN/1998            27:11    GOLD
  2. Geoffrey Koech KEN/1993           27:18    GOLD
  3. Vincent Kiprotich KEN/1999         27:21
  4. Kaan Kigen Ozbilen TUR/1986    27:25    GOLD
  5. Birhanu Legese ETH/1994           27:34    GOLD
  6. Abraham Cheroben BRN/1992    27:35    GOLD
  7. Bedan Karoki KEN/1990              27:37    GOLD
  8. Andamlak Belihu ETH/1998         27:48    GOLD
  9. Mande Bushendich UGA/1997     27:56
  10. Aweke Ayalew BRN/1993            28:30    GOLD
  11. Daniel Chaves BRA/1988            28:46
  12. Paul Tanui KEN/1990                   28:47    GOLD

IAAF CONTINENTAL QUOTA INDIAN ELITES

  1. Abhishek Pal IND/1997                         30:12
  2. Lakshmanan G IND/1990                      30:30
  3. Pradeep Singh Chaudhary IND/1990    debut
  4. Ranjeet Kumar Patel IND/1993             debut

WOMEN ELITE ATHLETES TCS WORLD 10K BANGALORE

  1. Agnes Tirop KEN/1995                30:50    GOLD
  2. Tsehay Gemechu ETH/1998       30:15    GOLD
  3. Senbere Teferi ETH/1995            30:38    GOLD
  4. Evaline Chirchir KEN/1998          30:43    GOLD
  5. Netsanet Gudeta ETH/1996        31:35 GOLD
  6. Alia Mohd Saeed EAU/1993        31:36 GOLD
  7. Rose Chelimo BRN/1989             32:04    GOLD
  8. Dera Dida ETH/1996                    33:00    GOLD
  9. Letesenbet Gidey ETH/1998        debut
  10. Volha Mazuronak BLR/1989         debut

IAAF CONTINENTAL QUOTA INDIAN ELITES

  1. Sanjivani Jadhav IND/1996          33:38
  2. Swati Gadhwe IND/1990              34:45
  3. Kiran Sahdev IND/1991                36:28
  4. Parul Chaudhary IND/1995           debut

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