Top Names for PetroSA Marathon, Mossel Bay 2014, David Barmasai Tumo of Kenya (21.1km) has the fastest time on start line of Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, while SA’s Jenna Challenor to make marathon debut at PetroSA Marathon, Mossel Bay 2014
A star-studded field will line up at the various starts in the PetroSA Marathon, held in Mossel Bay, on 27 September 2014. In their quest to achieve IAAF Bronze Label status, the Race Organizing Committee and Title Sponsors, PetroSA, have left no stone unturned to ensure that the participants of each event on all levels are accommodated according to world class standards.
A brief look at the top class field reveals almost household names, not only in Africa, but in the world, as professional long-distance athletes with impeccable credentials and pedigree align themselves to run in the 42.2km, 21.1km and 10 km races in the beautiful seaside town of Mossel Bay, South Africa.
David Barmasai Tumo – Kenya (Development Run & PetroSA 21.1km)
A world class athlete who has won and performed on the biggest stage in World Running. 2011 Dubai Marathon Champion (2.06.18), has represented Kenya at the 2011 World Marathon Championships in Deagu and was 5th as well as has a top 10 finish in Boston Marathon.
Ghirmay Tikabo – Eritrea (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)
Ghirmay made Marathon debut at Petro SA 2013 and achieved 3rd position. Ghirmay has a PB 10km of 28:36. He has all the attributes to run a sub 2H10 on a flat course and given his recent training and improvements he could run Sub 2H14 in September this year.
Amos Maiyo Maindi – Kenya (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)
2012 Cape Town marathon winner, (2H14) and has had excellent results in China and India of the last 2 years. A very experienced athlete.
Munyaradzi Jari – Zimbabwean (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete Reserve – 42.2km)
Munya is a young athlete that has exceptional talent and has run distances from 10km to Ultra Marathon. He has a Personal best time of 63 minutes for a half marathon and has competed at Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2012 and Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpar marathon 2013. Is the current record holder for the 21.1km and 42.2km Maritzburg Marathon in KZN. Was 2nd in the inaugural Mandela Day Marathon 2012.
Sufa Chala – Ethiopian (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)
Sufa Chala is a quality athlete and is improving with each outing. He has a PB half marathon time of 61:52 which was achieved at the same race where he ran a PB marathon time of 2H12:44 in Dubai Marathon 2014
Ezekiel Ngimba – Tanzania (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)
A solid athlete with a PB half marathon of 60:41 in Italy and a best 10km of 28:31 in Dar es Selam in 2014. He has a 10 000m track time of 27:39.
Prodigal Khumalo – Zimbabwe
Prodigal has run and won at every distance from 3000m track to Marathon distance. He has a 2nd place at Nongoma Ultra 56km and was 9th at Comrades Marathon 2014. In 2014 he competed at Mumbai Marathon India at short notice and this was his first race off the Continent. PK as he is know is capable of running under 2H14 and has a PB marathon of 2H15.
Wilson Kibet – Kenya (Development Run & PetroSA 42.2km
Wilson is a young upcoming star who has was 2nd on Marathon debut at the incredibly tough Ethkweni Marathon Durban KZN 2012. Wilson placed 11th at Petro SA in 2013 so knows the course. February 2014 he placed 2nd at the Wan Jin Shi Marathon in Japan, and has placed in the top 5 at races in India during 2013.
Jenna Challenor – South Africa (IAAF Bronze Label Invited Athlete – 42.2km)
Jenna represented South Africa at the world Half Marathon Championships and ran a PB of 74 minutes. She participated in the Ladies Total Sports race in Stellenbosch recently and ran a solid 34 minutes. She is a fast improving athlete, making her marathon debut in 2014 at PetroSA Marathon.
Additional Elite Runners available (via Cape Town Marathon):
(8 Confirmed to come on 23 Sep, will participate with Development Runners & visit Mossel Bay High Schools on 25 Sep)
Benard Koech Chebasa of Kenya attained an overall position of 5th at Gauteng marathon 2014, against the world-renowned likes of Steven Mokoka and Elroy Gelant. He was also 1st junior home. At 19 years of age, this young man is one to watch!
21.1km: Benard Koech (M) from Kenya
21.1km: David Barmasai Tumo (M) – 2011 Winner of the Dubai Marathon, 5th IAAF World 42.2km Championships Personal Best 2.06.18
21.1km: Marta Mekonen (W) from Ethiopia Personal Best 1h10
42.2km: Wilson Kibet (M) from Kenya – 2014 2nd in Taipei International Marathon, 11th at PetroSA in 2013
42.2km: Aurellia Rutto (W) from Kenya
42.2km: Jascar Kanda (W) from Kenya
42.2km: Gelane Senbete (W) from Ethiopia
Other phenomenal athletes who will be at this year’s event include:
10km: LJ Van Zyl (M) – RSA
21.1km: Irvette Van Zyl (W) – RSA
21.1km: Ettienne Plaatjies (M) – RSA (SWD)
21.1km: Lindile Tokota (M) – RSA (SWD)
42.2km: Lloyd Bosman (M) – RSA (SWD)
42.2km: Tsepang Ramonene (M) – RSA / Lesotho
42.2km: Tshepo Ramonene (M) – Lesotho
For queries, interviews or information please contact:
(Athletics SWD – General Manager)
Fax: 086 716 4610
Cell: 083 44 22222