Bekele, Kiplagat confirm participation in TSK 25K

16 Nov 2017

Distance running legend Kenenisa Bekele and Kenyan superstar long distance runner Florence Jebet Kiplagat has been signed up to compete in the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K on Sunday 17 December, the race promoters Procam International announced on Friday.
It will be the first race ever in India for Bekele, a three-time Olympic gold medallist and 18-time world champion on the track and cross country, and the first time he has ever raced over the distance.The big question that will inevitably accompany the announcement of Bekele’s presence at the TSK25K will be, can he challenge the world record of 1:11:18, set by Kenya’s Denis Kimetto in 2012?
Bekele’s 25km best is 1:12:47, an intermediate time when he ran in the Berlin Marathon last year, which he went on to win in 2:03:03 and go second on the all-time list for the classic distance.
Heading the women’s field at the TSK25K will be Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat.
She is also world champion on multiple surfaces, having won at the 2009 IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and she is a former half marathon world record holder.
“Procam International is committed to bring the best names in running to India. We have done that successfully in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi and with Kolkata going international we will leave no stones unturned to make this event truly spectacular,” said Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director, Procam International.
He further added, “Having running legends like Bekele and Kiplagat part of the elite line-up is an absolute honour for us and we are sure their presence will inspire and motivate runners to come and be a part of the TSK25K."