First established in 2012, this is the first year that the event has been an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race and the organisers have showed their ambition for breaking course records.
Seboka clocked 2:26:46 to take an overwhelming victory in Guangzhou in 2012 and her winning mark has stood as the course record ever since. This year the vastly experienced Ethiopian, who is the fastest woman on paper, is the biggest hope to renew it.
The 32-year-old won four marathons in a row between October 2013 and October 2014 with victories in Jakarta, Dubai, Daegu and Toronto. She went on to record a PB of 2:21:56 when finishing sixth in Dubai in 2015.
She returned to Dubai earlier this year and clocked a season’s best of 2:24:24 to finish fifth, making 2016 her fourth year in succession with a sub-2:25 clocking.
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