TSK 25K Set for Record-Breaking Showdown with Yehualaw and Ebenyo

TSK 25K welcomes world-class athletes Yehualaw and Daniel Simiyu Ebenyo for an elite showdown. Get ready for a record-breaking spectacle on December 17, 2023

The prestigious Kolkata 25K, bearing the World Athletics Elite Label, is poised to feature Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw, the 10K world record-holder, and Kenyan Daniel Simiyu Ebenyo, a two-time world championship silver medallist, as the headliners in the women’s and men’s categories, respectively.

This high-stakes race, offering a substantial US $100,000 prize money, will see some of the world’s finest athletes competing for top honors. Both men and women winners stand to claim equal prize money, with $7500, $5000, and $3500 for the first three positions, along with an Event Record Bonus of US $3,000 to further incentivize elite runners.

The current event records, held by Leonard Barsoton (Men) and Desi Jisa (Women), set the stage for potential record-breaking performances in this thrilling road race.

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Yehualaw, the world 10km record-breaker, marks her debut at the Kolkata 25K, bringing her exceptional talents to the event. Her achievements include the world half marathon bronze medal, the 2022 London Marathon victory, and the distinction of being the youngest-ever female winner of the event.

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Expressing her enthusiasm, Yehualaw states, “I’m happy to run in India once again. My experiences so far have been amazing, and I hope to add another great experience in Kolkata at TSK 25K. I am coming to Kolkata to run fast and I look forward to the race on December 17th.”

In the women’s category, Yehualaw faces formidable competition from teammates Anchinalu Dessie and Kenyan Betty Chepkemoi Kibet, among others. On the men’s front, Daniel Simiyu Ebenyo, fresh from his two world championship silver medals, is expected to contend with strong challengers like Roncer Kipkorir Konga and Bernard Biwott.

Hiske Tewelde, Eritrean marathon national record-holder, adds an element of surprise as the dark horse in the men’s field.

The Joint MD of Procam International, Vivek Singh, expresses excitement about the elite line-up, stating, “We have some of the best distant runners in the world participating in the TSK 25K, making it one of the most sought-after races at this distance.”

As the running festival unfolds on December 17, 2023, along the banks of the Hooghly, anticipation grows for potential record-breaking feats with this star-studded lineup.

-IANS

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