Kenya’s Stanley Biwott is expected to be the headline act tomorrow at the Bogota International Half Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
Biwott, a fourth-place finisher at this year’s London Marathon, stands out in a men’s field of considerable depth. The 29-year-old holds a personal best of 58:56, which was run at the RAK Half Marathon in United Arab Emirates in 2013.
Earlier this year, he took victory at the City Pier Half Marathon in the Hague, running 59:20 in windy conditions, which still tops the world list in 2015. That run gives him top billing in tomorrow’s race, which will be held at a challenging altitude of 2600m and begins in Bogota’s famous Bolivar Square.
Biwott, though, is unlikely to have it all his own way on the streets of the Colombian capital with Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen, among several other established half-marathon runners, in opposition.
Mekonnen enjoyed a breakout year in 2014, taking victory at the Dubai Marathon in 2:04:32 and the 20-year-old’s personal best of 1:01:05–dating back to the RAK Half Marathon in March–considerably underestimates his ability. Kenya’s Kimutai Kiplimo is another accomplished performer, having finished second at the Great North Run in 2009 in 59:44, which remains his personal best.
Fellow Kenyan Peter Kirui is also likely to put up a strong showing. The 27-year-old won this race in 2012 and last year he was victorious at the Prague Half Marathon in a personal best of 59:22.
Other Kenyans likely to feature include Charles Ndirangu and Sylas Kimutai Chebogel.