World half-marathon champion Gladys Cherono to make full marathon debut in Dubai
Twice as determined for double the distance
As Ras Al Khaimah prepares to host the half marathon in February, news has broken that world champion half marathon runner – Gladys Cherono, has elected to take part in her very first competitive full length marathon race, a few Emirates over, at the Standard Charted Dubai Marathon 2015 instead.
Her debut at the definitive 42.195km marathon distance, has been eagerly anticipated since her World Championship win over the half marathon distance in March 2014 in Copenhagen. All eyes will be on Cherono whose performances on both track and road over the past years have been world-class, as she attempts to maintain her prowess, over twice her signature distance, competing with seasoned marathon runners. Among the stars set to line-up on January 23 to challange Cherono are; three time Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, 2013 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon men's winner Lelisa Desisa, 2011 and 2012 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon women's winner Aselefech Mergia and defending women's champion Mulu Seboka.
The Kenyan athlete has broken records including being the the first woman to take gold medals at both 5,000m and 10,000m in the African Championships, which she did in 2012. She suffered an injury in 2013 which forced her to withdraw from the Berlin event, and now after a full recovery she has selected the Dubai event to run her first marathon race.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council, the 2015 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon will see one of the strongest fields ever seen. For Cherono it is the perfect opportunity to stamp her name on the marathon after many years of success at the shorter distances.