Kenyan sub-2:07 runners Gilbert Kirwa and Henry Sugut will start the Asics Florence Marathon as the favourites for IAAF Bronze Label road race on Sunday (26).
Less than a second separated Kenyans Ishhimael Chemtan and Gilbert Kirwa at last year’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon with Chemtan’s sprint proving to be the difference, earning victory in 2:09:00. The pair will renew their rivalry at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on 16 October.
Ethiopia’s Yacob Jarso, who was fourth over the barriers in the 2008 Olympic Games 3000m steeplechase, won the Seoul International Marathon in huge personal best of 2:06:17 on Sunday (16).
Two former BMW Frankfurt Marathon champions will return to the IAAF Gold Label Road Race on 27 October while the silver medallist of the2011 World Championships has also been confirmed, organisers announced on Wednesday (24).