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HOW MANY RECORDS WILL BE BROKEN? Women’s


Time Bonuses


sub 2:30 US $1,500


sub 2:29 US $3,000


sub 2:28 US $5,000 [top 5 places]


sub 2:27


US $7,500 [top 4] sub 2:26


US $10,000 [top 3]


sub 2:25 US $15,000 [winner only]


WOMEN THE CONTENDERS


Tirfi BEYENE. Ethiopia. Odds: 9-2. Only 25, but a top-tier international marathoner. After running 2:28 & 2:29 in Turin and Shanghai last year, she clocked a superb 2:24:51 for 3rd place in Paris this April. She clearly has the speed, as demonstrated by the 69:24 she ran in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Birmingham last October – a time that earned her 6th place in the world championships event.


Firehiwot DADO. Ethiopia. Odds: 9-2. Age 26 yrs. Co-favourite to win this year’s STWM, with fellow Ethiopian Tirfi Beyene. Firehiwot has staked her claim with back-to-back victories in Rome: in 2:27:08 last March, and 2:25:28 this Spring. Also a member of Haji Adilo’s group in Addis, she hopes she and Teshome Gelana can make it a double victory for “Team Haji”.


Sharon CHEROP. Kenya. Odds: 10-1. Age 26 yrs. Following a major win in Hamburg this Spring in 2:28:38, Sharon is in good form, and gunning for a 2:25. She hopes she can work with fellow-Kenyan Rose Kosgei to break up the dominant Ethiopian pack.


Merima MOHAMMED. Ethiopia. Odds: 10-1. Remarkably, only 19 years old, this fine young talent has already won the 2010 Ottawa Marathon in 2:28:19 in May.


Koren YAL. Ethiopia. Odds: 10-1. Age 23 yrs. Following her 2:28:41 second-place finish in Venice last November, Koren went on to notch a strong 70:52 at the Ras Al Khaimah Half in February. Buoyed, she went hard in April’s prestigious Boston Marathon. Injudiciously, she went with Teyba Erkesso, when Erkesso made the decisive break at halfway, running 16:21 between 20k and 25k. Koren paid the price, fading badly in the later stages, finishing 12th in 2:33; Teyba also faded but hung on for victory in 2:26:11. If Koren can run a more sensible pace on Toronto Waterfront, who knows...?


Alevtina IVANOVA. Russia. Odds: 25-1. Age 35 yrs. An experienced veteran, with PRs of 31:26 for 10k and 71:08 for the Half marathon; Alevtina ran her marathon PR of 2:27:36 in Prague in May, where she placed 2nd.


THE OUTSIDERS


Maki SUZAWA. Japan. Odds: 25-1. Age 22. A member of Team Japan and star of the Yamada Denki Corporate Team. Maki is also making her marathon debut in Toronto, and hoping for great things. Her Half marathon PR of 70:23 suggests she’ll be in the thick of things, and battling hard for national honours.


Albina MAYOROVA. Russia. Odds: 50-1. A vastly-experienced marathoner at the highest levels , with a PR of 2:25:35 run in Chicago in 2003. Most recently, Albina placed 10th at Boston this Spring in 2:31:55.


Lyubov Morgunova. Russia. Odds: 50-1. Age 39. A special person on our Start line - Lyubov was our STWM2003 Champion, and our first real “major league” athlete. Her victory in ‘03 coincided with Ed Whitlock and Fauja Singh running their age-group world records in the same race, and catapulting STWM onto the world stage. Since then, we haven’t looked back, and Lyubov is still running strong at age 39! Her lifetime PR of 2:25:12 was run in 2008, and this Spring she ran 2:33:17 in Prague.


Ayumi NAKAYAMA. Japan. Odds: 50-1. Teammate to Maki Suzawa, Ayumi has a marathon PR of 2:28:50 at Osaka in 2008.


Men’s & Women’s Prize Money [CDN$]


1st = $20,000 2nd = $12,000 3rd = $10,000 4th = $8,000


5th = $5,000 6th = $3,000 7th = $2,000 8th = $1,000


Over the past 5 years, STWM has built a global reputation for its flat, fast course and international-class organization which led to last year’s 2:08:32, fastest marathon on Canadian soil, by Kenyan, Kenneth Mungara.


So…what will happen this year – a repeat by defending champion Kenneth Mungara or will he be challenged by returning champion Daniel Rono (2006)? Can Tirfi Beyene, Firerhiwot Dado or Alevtina Ivanova run the fastest ever Women’s marathon in Canada?


Tirfi Tegaye Beyene (ETH)


Firehiwot Dado (ETH)


Alevtina Ivanova (RUS)


Lubov Morganova (RUS)


Sharon Cherop (KEN)


Koren Yal (KEN)


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