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The Walk Race that took place in the Capital earlier this week. - PTI
Nyonyi and Weightman to lead the way in Thursday's Marathons

Tanzania and Australia will be going for their third successive wins in the Men's and Women's Marathon respectively, when the Delhi 2010 marathons are run early on Thursday morning.

Each country has a strong chance of maintaining its sequence of victories. Samson Ramadhani Nyonyi (TAN), usually known as Samson Ramadhani, is the fastest man in the field according to 2010 times. He is also the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games champion.

In the women's race, Lisa Weightman (AUS), is the second-fastest in 2010 behind Irene Jerotich Kosgei (KEN).

The race will be staged over four laps of a 10 km loop on the Sansad Marg road, followed by another 2.195 km loop to complete the 42.195 km distance.

The Men's event starts at 06:30 and the Women's at 06:45.

The defending champion aside, Jeff Hunt (AUS) was third in two hours 11 minutes on his debut marathon in Beppu, Japan earlier this year and has strong back-up in teammates Martin Dent and Michael Shelley.

Kenya traditionally fields a strong team and this time is no exception. Luke Kibet Bowen, normally known as Luke Kibet, is the 2007 world champion, and is joined in the race by teammates John Kelai and Amos Tirop Matui.

Dieudonne Disi (RWA) has finished sixth and seventh in two World Half-Marathon Championships.

With a slow race expected in hot and humid conditions, there are many with a chance of gaining a medal.

In the Women's Marathon, Irene Jerotich Kosgei (KEN), Rose Kerubo Nyangacha (KEN) and Lisa Weightman (AUS) are the only three with personal best times under 2:30. Again, with the race run in difficult circumstances, there are many chances.

One such may be Restituta Joseph Kemi (TAN), whose broader distance-running credentials suggest she may be better than a 2:55:10 entry time indicates. Her personal best of 2:43:52 dates back to 2001, the same year she ran 70:43 for the half-marathon. - GNS

 

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