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Strong Fields Expected For Bogota Half

Some of the best East Africans head to South America in July.

Some of the best East Africans head to South America in July.

One of South America’s largest half marathons is attracting a stellar field of runners this year. The IAAF is reporting that the Bogota Half Marathon in Columbia this July is drawing the likes of Yemane Tsegay of Ethiopia.

Tsegay is the reigning Rotterdam Marathon champion, which he won with a blazing 2:04:48.

Also set to the compete in Bogota is the 2011 Rotterdam Marathon winner, Wilson Chebet of Kenya. Last year, he took third in Bogota.

Joining the mix is Ridouane Harroufi of Morocco, who holds a 1:01:37 personal best in the half marathon.

Isaac Macharia, who has won the Bogota race four times, will also be in attendance. He has clocked 1:00:48 for the 13.1-mile distance.

On the women’s side, Kenya’s Emily Chebet is a confirmed entry. She is the 2010 World Cross-Country champion and took third in Bogota last year. Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono will join Chebet. Cherono took third in last year’s Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon.

For More: IAAF