Agnes Ngetich's world record in danger as Emmaculate Anyango and Co. head to Bengaluru

Agnes Ngetich's world record in danger as Emmaculate Anyango and Co. head to Bengaluru

Festus Chuma 13:20 - 16.04.2024

Second-fastest 10K runner Emmaculate Anyango anticipates challenging records at TCS Bengaluru World 10K with strong competition.

World’s second-fastest 10K woman runner, Emmaculate Anyango Achol, is geared up to leave her mark on the 2024 edition of the TCS Bengaluru World 10K. 

With a personal best time of 28:57, achieved just four months ago in Valencia, Anyango is a frontrunner in what promises to be a record-smashing event. 

She aims to challenge the course record of 30:35, set by fellow Kenyan Irene Cheptei in 2022.

"I am very excited to be in Bengaluru for the first time for this incredible event, which has gained a worldwide reputation for being one of the best 10K races.

 "I have heard so much about the events hosted in India and the running revolution they began nearly two decades ago. I am very much looking forward to being there and doing my best," she shared.

The elite women’s field this year is notably competitive, with six athletes, including Anyango, boasting times faster than the current course record.

 "The field of runners in the women’s category is quite strong this year, and I love a good challenge," Anyango expressed.

Joining Anyango at the starting line are her compatriots Lilian Rengeruk Kasait, who has a personal best of 29:32, and Faith Chepkoech with a 29:50 clocking. 

Other notable entrants include Loice Chemnung, Cintia Chepngeno, and Grace Nawowuna, all hailing from Kenya and known for their formidable track records.

Also in the fray are Ethiopians Aberash Minsewo, winner of this year’s Tata Mumbai Marathon, and Lemlem Hailu, the 2022 World Indoor 3000m champion.

Anyango's journey to Bengaluru is not just about competing but also about overcoming past challenges. 

Despite narrowly missing the podium at this year's World Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, her spirits remain high.

 Her previous accolade as the silver medallist from the 2019 African Junior Championships in the 3000m event further highlights her track credentials and determination.

Bengaluru's racing circuit is known for its vibrant atmosphere and enthusiastic support, factors that Anyango believes will play in her favor.

 "The energy here is electrifying, and it pushes you to give your all. I am hopeful that with the support of the fans and the conditions on race day, we can see some incredible times," she optimistically noted.

As the city gears up to host this prestigious event, all eyes will be on Anyango and her peers as they vie to etch new records on Bengaluru's streets.

The race scheduled for Sunday, April 28, is not just a test of speed but of spirit and Anyango is ready to lead the charge towards a historic finish.

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