Degitu Azmeraw of Ethiopia to Defend Kolkota 25km Title

Ethiopia’s Degitu Azmeraw winning the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2017 (Procamm International)

Degitu Azmeraw of Ethiopia will return to defend her tile at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, an IAAF Bronze Label road race, on Sunday 16 December.

Last year, the 18-year-old Ethiopian surprised everyone by taking the honours in a course record of 1:26.01 in her first international race.

In 2018, Azmeraw has shown that her win in the City of Joy was no fluke with three excellent half marathon performances, including improving her personal best to 1:06:47 at the RAK Half Marathon in February and later winning the Gifu Half Marathon in Japan.

Alongside Azmeraw on the start line will be Florence Kiplagat, a gold medallist at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and also a former half marathon world record holder.

Now 31, Kiplagat will come to Kolkata with a burning desire to do well.

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