Ruth Chepngetich set for World marathon title defense

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Ruth Chepngetich will defend her world marathon title won three years ago in 2:32:43 in very hot weather conditions in Doha.  

Chepngetich finished third at the 2020 London Marathon. During a 2021 season with a lot of ups and downs Chepngetich set a world half marathon of 1:04:02 at the Istanbul with 1:04:02, did not finish the Olympic marathon in Sapporo but she bounced back by winning the Chicago Marathon. In 2:22:21. Last March Chepngetich won the Nagoya Marathon in 2:17:18 setting the second fastest-ever women-only marathon. 

The Kenyan team also features Judith Jeptum and Angela Tanui. Jeptun won the Paris Marathon setting the French all-comers record of 2:19:48. Tanui took the win in the Amsterdam Marathon in 2:17:57. 

The Ethiopian team will be formed by Gotytom Gebrselase, who won the 2021 Berlin Marathon in 2:20:06 on her debut over this distance and finished third in Tokyo in 2:18:18, Ababel Yeshaneh, second at the 2019 Chicago Marathon in a PB of 2:20:51, and Ashete Bekere, third in the 2021 London Marathon in in 2:18:18 and in Tokyo 2022 in 2:17:58. 

Keira D’Amato will replace Olympic bronze medallist Molly Seidel, who has been suffering from a hip injury that forced her to drop out of the Boston Marathon last April. The US team will also feature Emma Bates, second in Chicago in 2021 in 2:24:20, and Sarah Hall, second in London Marathon 2020 and third in Chicago in 2021. 

Japan will be represented by Mizuki Matsuda (PB 2:20:52), Mao Ichiyama (2:21:02) and Hiromi Niiya (PB 2:21:17). 

Great Britain has named Charlotte Purdue, who finished 10th at the 2021 London Marathon in her PB of 2:23:26, Jessica Piasecki, who won the Firenze Marathon in 2019, and Rose Harvey. 

Lonah Salpeter from Israel, who won the 2020 Tokyo Marathon in 2:17:45, will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment at the 2019 World Championships, where she dropped out of the race. 

The line-up is completed by Eritrea’s Nazret Weldu, who clocked a PB of 2:21:56 in Daegu in 2021, and Eunice Chumba from Barhein, who clocked 2:20:02 in Seoul last April and finished seventh in the 2021 Olympic Games in Sapporo.

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