Jelagat among favorites for women's Berlin Marathon

Jelagat among favorites for women's Berlin Marathon
Nancy Jelagat

Jelagat finished second in last year's Berlin half marathon, running 1:05:21, and then won the Valencia Marathon in 2:19:31. 

Kenya's Nancy Jelagat and USA record holder Keira dÁmato are among the leading entries for the elite women's field at the BMW Berlin Marathon on 25 September.

They will join athletes including world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge and defending champion Guye Adola in racing on the streets of the German capital, the elite men's field having been announced in July.

D'Amato clocked 2:19:12 to win the Chevron Houston Marathon in January and went on to finish eighth at the World Athletics Championships on home soil in Oregon, running 2:23:34. The 37-year-old has the fastest PB in the announced 21-strong women's field, one that features eight athletes with PBs under 2:21.

D'Amato's fellow 2:19 runner Jelagat finished second in last year's Berlin half marathon, running 1:05:21, and then won the Valencia Marathon in 2:19:31. 

There will be plenty of competition to challenge them. Ethiopia's Gutemi Shone Imana ran her 2:20:11 PB in Dubai in 2020 and clocked 2:21:46 in Prague last year, while her compatriots Workenesh Edesa and Sisay Gola have respective PBs of 2:20:24 and 2:20:50, Gola's set when finishing second in Seville in February.

D'Amato will be joined by her compatriot Sara Hall, who sits third on the US marathon all-time list with her PB of 2:20:32 set in Arizona in December 2020. The 39-year-old recently finished fifth in the world marathon in Oregon and is also entered for the TCS New York City Marathon on 6 November.

Kenya's Maurine Chepkemoi and Vibian Chepkurui complete the list of sub-2:21 runners competing, respectively having achieved their PBs of 2:20:18 in Amsterdam in 2021 and 2:20:59 in Wien earlier this year.

Kenya's 2019 world 10,000m fourth-place finisher Rosemary Wanjiru and Ethiopia's Nigsti Haftu make their marathon debuts.

Elite women's field

Keira D'Amato (USA) 2:19:12
Nancy Jelagat (KEN) 2:19:31
Gutemi Shone Imana (ETH) 2:20:11
Maurine Chepkemoi (KEN) 2:20:18
Workenesh Edesa (ETH) 2:20:24
Sara Hall (USA) 2:20:32
Sisay Gola (ETH) 2:20:50
Vibian Chepkurui (KEN) 2:20:59
Tigist Abayechew (ETH) 2:22:45
Bekelech Gudeta (ETH) 2:22:56
Sayaka Sato (JPN) 2:23:27
Risper Chebet (UGA) 2:23:45
Yukari Abe (JPN) 2:24:02
Meseret Belete (ETH) 2:24:25
Lisa Weightman (AUS) 2:25:15
Natasha Wodak (CAN) 2:26:19
Kanako Takemoto (JPN) 2:26:23
Sonia Samuels (GBR) 2:28:04
Tigist Assefa (ETH) 2:34:01
Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) Debut
Nigsti Haftu (ETH) Debut