World half marathon record holder Abraham Kiptum will face a stiff competition from Reigning Rotterdam marathon champion Kenneth Kipkemoi, former world marathon silver medalist Emmanuel Mutai and former Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kipserem in the inaugural Adnoc Abu Dhabi marathon set fro Friday in United Arab Emirates.
Running his first race after breaking world 21km record in october’s Valencia half marathon, Kiptum will be the star attraction in the race when he broke Zersenay Tadese’s eight year world record to of 58:18.
After Kiptum was tested negative, the world record was rectified by IAAF on Tuesday, but the Nandi born runner will have to endure the top marathoners like Kipkemoi, who finished 4th at the 2018 Chicago marathon and former Africa 10,000m champion.
Also in the line up is 2009 world marathon silver medalist Mutai, who is the fourth fatsest marathon runner and London marathon winner. Kipserem is another experienced runner after winning top races across the world including the Rotterdam marathon.