Ruth Chepngetich will defend her marathon title at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon this evening.
Chepngetich claimed gold at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, in 2:32:43.
She went on to finish third at the 2020 London Marathon before a roller coaster 2021, when she set a world record of 1:04:02 at the Istanbul Half Marathon, but failed to finish at the Olympic Games in Sapporo. She went on to win Chicago Marathon.
She won this year’s Nagoya Women Marathon in 2:17:18, just 10 seconds off her personal best and the second fastest ever women-only marathon.
She will be joined on the Kenyan team by Judith Jeptum and Angela Tanui. Jeptum set a French all-comers’ record of 2:19:48 to win the Paris Marathon this year, while Tanui won the 2021 Amsterdam Marathon in 2:17:57.
Ethiopia will be represented by Gotytom Gebreslase, who won the 2021 Berlin Marathon on her debut and finished third in this year’s Tokyo Marathon in 2:18:18, Ababel Yeshaneh, second at the 2019 Chicago Marathon in a personal best of 2:20:51, and Ashete Bekere, third in last year’s London Marathon in 2:18:18, who has run 2:17:58 this year.
USA’s Keira D’Amato, who broke the North American record when winning January’s Houston Marathon in 2:19:12. Her teammates will be Emma Bates, runner-up at last year’s Chicago Marathon, and Sara Hall, who finished second at the 2020 London Marathon and third at last year’s Chicago Marathon.
Japan has named Mizuki Matsuda, who has a personal best of 2:20:52, Mao Ichiyama, who has run 2:21:02, and Hitomi Niiya, who has a best of 2:21:17. Britain will be represented by Rose Harvey, Olympian Jess Piasecki and Charlotte Purdue. Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba is another star to watch.