A super fast field of foreign athletes has been lined for the TCS World 10K Bangalore 2013 to be run here on May 19 with the course record under threat, organisers said today.
The men's record stands at 27.51 minutes set by Eritrea's Zersenay Tadese in 2008, while the women's mark stands at 31.58 in the name of Ethiopian Yimer Wude set in 2010.
An added incentive of USD 7500 is up for grabs for the new course record.
Leading the field at the Kanteerava Stadium's start line on May 19 will be the two newly crowned World Cross Country Champions Japhet Korir among men and double World Cross Country Champion Emily Chebet on the women's side.
According to Jos Hermens of Global Sports Communication (GSC), the event's elite athlete coordinators, besides Emily, the other strong contenders in the women's race will be the defending champion Helah Kiprop of Kenya and the course record holder Yimer Wude Ayalew.
However, they can expect to be given a run for their money by Kenyans Pascalia Kipkoech, the second fastest woman over 10km in 2012, and Lucy Kabuu, who many consider a strong contender for the title.
Also in the field will be the young Kenyan Valentine Kipketer, who demolished the field while lowering the course record by two and a half minutes and winning the 2013 Mumbai Marathon.
The strong men's field includes 14 athletes who have run the 10km below 28.00 on either track or road and poses a strong challenge to the existing course record.