Olympic Champion Peres Jepchirchir and bronze medallist Molly Seidel have their sights set on a rematch through the five boroughs of New York City at the 50th anniversary of the TCS New York City Marathon on Nov. 7. The NYC Marathon will mark both athletes’ first competition post-Olympic Games.
In what is the deepest American field in recent years, Seidel will have tough competition against fellow U.S. teammates from Tokyo, Sally Kipyego and Aliphine Tuliamuk. Fellow Olympian Emily Sisson will be returning to the marathon distance after finishing 10th in the 10,000m (31:09) on the track. Sisson holds the second-fastest time in the elite field – 2:23:08, just behind 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden (2:22:28 from 2011), who is also racing New York (and Boston).
Jepchirchir comes to the TCS New York Marathon off not only winning the Olympic gold in Tokyo but six straight road race wins in her last six races. She will be the clear-cut favourite to win alongside Seidel. One athlete to keep your eyes on is Kenyan Violah Cheptoo who will be making her debut in the marathon, has personal bests of 1:06 over the half-marathon distance and 30:55 for 10Km.
The NYC Marathon will feature four Canadian athletes Lanni Marchant (2:28:00), Kate Gustafson (2:40:06), Rachel Hannah (2:32:09) and the 2018 Boston Marathon third-place finisher Krista DuChene (2:28:32) will look to chase the 2022 World Championship standard of 2:29:30.
Introducing our GREATEST field of American women distance runners. Time to get excited! These amazing pro athletes are going to run a #TCSNYCMarathon to remember.
— TCS New York City Marathon (@nycmarathon) August 18, 2021
In the wheelchair race, Tatyana McFadden will chase her sixth New York Marathon title, which will put her ahead of Edith Hunkeler (who has five) for the most victories in the wheelchair division. McFadden will go up against two-time NYC champion Amanda McGrory and three-time Paralympian Susannah Scaroni.
.@NYRR organizers announce their U.S. women’s pro field for the 2021 NYC Marathon, which is headlined by Olympic marathon bronze medalist @ByGollyMolly12, Olympic trials champion @mamaZoeCherotch, @sallykipyego, @Em_Sisson, @des_linden (doubling back w/ Boston) + more stars pic.twitter.com/81o5cEbW5e
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) August 18, 2021
You can read more about the elite women competing in New York here.