Berhanu Shiferaw faces two past winners in Seville

Berhanu shiferaw (photo:
Berhanu shiferaw (photo:

The Zurich Maraton de Sevilla, an IAAF Bronze Label Road Race for the third year in a row, will take place on Sunday (21) and boasts one of the flattest circuits worldwide, with barely 10 metres between the highest and lowest points.

Shiferaw vs Kiplimo

The fastest athlete in the field is Ethiopia’s Berhanu Shiferaw, who clocked 2:04:48 when finishing second in Dubai three years ago. Although the 22-year-old has not dipped under the 2:10 barrier since then, he finished second at the Beijing Marathon five months ago.

One of his toughest challengers should be Kenya’s Cosmas Kiplimo Lagat, the surprise victor in 2014 when he signed up as a pacemaker and reached the tape unopposed in a course record of 2:08:33 on what was his debut at the distance. Like Shiferaw, the Kenyan was not quite so fast in 2015, but he has only contested one other marathon since his 2014 Seville win, so his form is difficult to judge.

Eritrea’s Dawit Weldesilasie could also be a factor in his second outing over the distance. The 21-year-old managed a creditable 1:00:26 half marathon clocking in Valencia last October and made his marathon debut one month later in the same city with 2:15:33, a time which he should improve on Sunday.

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