Joyciline Jepkosgei to make her first appearance at the Chicago Marathon in October

ATHLETICS Joyciline Jepkosgei to make her first appearance at the Chicago Marathon in October

Abigael Wafula 19:15 - 26.07.2023

Jepkosgei will be searching for her first win in the marathon since the season started.

The 2019 New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei has confirmed her participation at the Chicago Marathon on October 8.

She will be making her first appearance in the streets of Chicago with the hope of making a statement like she did during her debuts in New York and London where she won the marathons dominantly.

The 2021 London Marathon champion will be hoping to record her first win of the season against a strong field. She opened her season with a second-place finish at the Barcelona Half Marathon.

She then proceeded to the Boston Marathon where she failed to live up to the billing by fizzling out to finish 12th. Her third race was the 5000m race at the Kenya Defense Forces Athletics championships where she finished fifth.

Jepkosgei, 29, will be up against defending champion Ruth Chepng’etich, who will be hoping to attack the women’s marathon world record time of 2:14:04. Chepng’etich oozed class as she competed during last year’s edition of the marathon and her effort paid off well since she clocked 2:14:18 to cut the tape.

She goes into the race with huge ambitions and she might be very difficult to beat as she gears up to make history.

Another able opponent in the field will be Dutch woman Sifan Hassan who made her debut at the London Marathon earlier this year and won the race, to everyone’s surprise. Hassan has been in impeccable form and she will definitely be looking to maintain the hot streak when she debuts in Chicago.

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba, the former 1500m world record holder, is also in the mix and she will be looking to make a comeback to winning ways when she takes on her strong opponents. So far, she has only competed once, at the Barcelona Half Marathon, where she finished fifth.