Deriba Merga to lead Ethiopian team at Airtel Delhi Half-Marathon
In the menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s category, Deriba will be challenged by his fellow countryman and Lelisa DesisaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s training partner Eshetu Wondemu, who has a personal best time of 59.56.
Deriba is expected to go after his third consecutive win here after the Ethiopian won 2008 and 2009. He currently holds the record (59.15) at the race, which he sets in 2008.
In the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s category, the 2008 winner Aselefech Mergia will be joined by fellow Ethiopians Mare Dibaba and 2009 world half-marathon silver medalist Aberu Kebede.
The Airtel Delhi race is by far the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s richest half-marathon race, where 40 of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top 100 male and female athletes will compete for total prize money of 210,000 dollars.