World record holders Brigid Kosgei and Ababel Yeshaneh have been added to an already stunning Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2020 women's field, making the 16th edition of this race on November 29, without a doubt, the strongest in the history of the event.
India's leading road race is also a strong candidate for being the leading half marathon in the world in 2020.
Kenya’s Kosgei broke the women’s world marathon record by more than a minute in Chicago last year, clocking 2:14:04 and the Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon last February saw Ethiopia’s Yeshaneh set a world record 64:31.
A trio of Ethiopian runners have already been announced that will provide stiff competition for Kosgei and Yeshaneh as well as a host of other world class athletes.
Women's course record holder Tsehay Gemechu is seeking an unprecedented third successive ADHM victory. In 2019, Gemechu improved her own course record from 12 months earlier by no less than 50 seconds when she stopped the clocking 66:00.
Yeshaneh and Gemechu's compatriots on the start line in in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium include Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Netsanet Gudeta.
Yehualaw finished second in the ADHM 2019, just one second behind Gemechu, and third at the 2020 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships last month in a personal best of 65:19 while Gudeta finished eighth in Poland but was the 2018 world half marathon champion.
Both the men's and women's races have a first prize cheques of US$27,000 with a total prize money purse (combined men and women) of US$233.270.
The ADHM 2020 will be unlike any previous edition with only an estimated 60 elite international and Indian runners in action on the Delhi roads, with the traditional start and finish still in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The event will follow the highest level of safety standards, with bio-secure zones to ensure a Covid-free race for the runners. All mandatory protocols in line with the advisories issued by the Government of India have been established for the event crew, vendors and suppliers, elite athletes, media and all guests.
"Sport has always been a symbol of optimism, and we look forward to the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon on 29 November. We extend our full support to this event that is India's pride and welcome the world's best athletes to our capital city. The Airtel Delhi Half Marathon is representative of a healthier and fitter nation and reinforces the vision of the Fit India movement. I would encourage each and every one of you to participate from the safety and security of your own surroundings," said Kiren Rijiju, honourable Minister Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
"We are absolutely ecstatic to have the world's best runners at the ADHM 2020. It will be fantastic to see two world record holders at our event. Brigid and Ababel certainly add lustre to what promises to be a hugely exciting race. In these challenging times staging the ADHM 2020 would have been impossible without the extensive cooperation and support from government of NCT of Delhi, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Sports Authority of India, Athletics Federation of India, World Athletics. Association of International Marathons & Distance Races and our sponsors and partners,” said Vivek Singh, joint managing director of Procam International.
Non-elite runners will have the chance to participate with the exclusive ADHM 2020 App from any location, running at any time between 25-29, 2020.
This specialised event app is boosted with an array of features for an enhanced running experience, including a timing and distance tracker, interactive race route map that will guide through the entire race , inspiring audio soundscapes that capture the essence of Delhi, race commentary and a personalised e-Bib and e-Medal, and access to the leaderboard.
Details of how to download and use this app can be found on the ADHM 2020 website: airteldelhihalfmarathon.procam.in