News20 May 2015

Tola and Dibaba head Bogota Half Marathon fields


Berhane Dibaba wins at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon (© Yamaguchi / Agence SHOT)

Tadese Tola, Ethiopia’s world marathon bronze medallist, and his compatriot Birhane Dibaba, the 2015 Tokyo Marathon winner, will be on the start line of the 2015 Bogota International Half Marathon on Sunday 26 July.

The IAAF Gold Label Road Race – one of only two of this stature in South America, the other being the Carrera de la Mujer which is also in Bogota on 20 September – will also have Kenya’s Stanley Biwott in the field

Biwott, an accomplished marathon runner with a best of 2:04:55 when finishing in second last year, is the fastest half marathoner in 2015 having run 59:20 to win the City-Pier-City race in The Hague in March. Fellow Kenyan Kiplimo Kimutai, the three-time runner up in Bogota in 2008, 2013 and 2014, will also be bidding to finally stand on top of the podium.

The other elite runners in the men’s race will include USA’s Jeffrey Eggleston, 13th in the 2013 World Championships marathon, and France’s El Hassane Ben Lkhainouch, who was 20th at last year’s IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Among Dibaba’s rivals in the women’s race will be her compatriot Amane Gobena, second in this year’s Paris Marathon in a personal best of 2:23:30.

USA’s Janet Cherobon and Kenya’s Mirriam Wangari will also be in contention for a place on the women’s podium. 

Organisers for the IAAF