Defending champion Albert Korir will headline the men’s line-up at the TCS New York Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Majors and a World Athletics Platinum race, on 6th November.
Korir won last year’s edition of the New York race in 2:08:22. The Kenyan top runner also finished second in 2019 in 2:09:36. In his career, he had previously won three marathon races in Vienna in 2017 in 2:08:40, Houston in 2019 in 2:10:02, Ottawa in 2019 in a PB of 2:08:03.
Albert Korir: “I am delighted to return to New York after my victory last year, but I also feel a big responsibility to defend my title. Surprisingly, the list of athletes who have returned to defend their title has very few names on it, but I am training very hard to join them. It is never easy, but I have to benefit from the experience. I am the defending champion, and I want to defend my title. However, this year’s field is a strong one. I have the mileage, and I believe I can pull it off in marathons; anything can happen”.
Korir is not among the ten fastest ten runners in the field, which explains the high quality of the line-up.
Korir will face Boston Marathon champion Evans Chebet from Kenya, 2020 London Marathon champion Shura Kitata from Ethiopia, and Olympic silver medallist Abdi Nageeye from the Netherlands.
Chebet won the Boston Marathon last April at 2:06:51 and the 2020 edition of the Valencia Marathon in 2:03:00, the fastest time among the New York entrants.
Kitata made his breakthrough in 2017 when he won two marathon races in Rome in 2:07:28 and Frankfurt in 2:05:50. The Ethiopian runner finished second in London setting his PB of 2:04:49 and New York in 2:06:01 in 2018 and won the 2020 London Marathon in 2:05:41. In his most recent marathon races he finished sixth in London in 2:07:51 and fifth in Tokyo in 2:06:12.
Nageeye won the Olympic silver medal in Sapporo 2021 at 2:09:58 and the Rotterdam Marathon in a national record of 2:04:56 last April. The Dutch runner finished fifth in New York in 2:11:39.
The best US runner in the field is Galen Rupp, who won two Olympic medals finishing second in the 10000m in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and third in the marathon in Tokyo 2021. Rupp won the Prague Marathon in 2018, setting his lifetime best of 2:06:07.
The strong line-up also features Brazil’s Daniel Do Nascimento, who set the South American record with 2:04:51 in Seoul last April, and Japan’s Suguro Osako, who finished fourth in the Tokyo Marathon in 2020 in 2:05:29, third in Boston in 2017 in 2:10:28 and Chicago in 2018 in 2:05:50 and sixth at the Olympic Games in Sapporo.
New York City Marathon Men's Elite Field
|DANIEL DO NASCIMENTO||24||BRA||2:04:51|
|MOHAMED EL AARABY||32||MAR||2:06:55|
|GIRMA BEKELE GEBRE||29||ETH||2:08:23|