News Desk –
Israel’s Lonah Salpeter will be looking to add to her list of accolades at the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K 2019 – a World Athletics Silver Label Road Race and the only 25km race among nearly 200 World Athletics Label Road Races – which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Salpeter, who will celebrate her 31st birthday just three days before the race in Kolkata, comes to the City of Joy as the reigning European 10,000m champion after having won her title on the track in Berlin last year. Salpeter went to the World Athletics Championships two months ago among the medal favourites for the marathon but dropped out in the challenging conditions in Doha. However, she recovered quickly and finished fourth in the Frankfurt Marathon last month in 2:23:11. The TSK25K will not be Salpeter’s first official outing over the distance, she won the famous Berlin 25km race in 2017 in 1:28.48. However, she has run much faster and had a 25km split of 1:23:25 during her Prague Marathon win and if Salpeter is in anything close to this shape she could make huge inroads into the TSK25K women’s course record of 1:26:01 set by Ethiopia’s Degitu Azimeraw in 2017.
Moving there in 2008, she started running after arriving in Israel just to keep fit. However, in 2011 she met the Israeli international runner Dan Salpeter, the pair fell in love and married in 2014.
Salpeter is the star name making her way to the TSK25K but the elite women’s field contains several other very talented runners. “Once again some of the world’s best distance runners will be seen competing on the streets of Kolkata,” commented Vivek Singh, Joint Managing Director of race promoters Procam International. “In the past three years, since the race went international, the overall depth and quality of the elite field has risen every year. The increased level of excitement and interest in this event, not just locally, but from around India and the world, is succinctly endorsed by our campaign #FeelTheJoy” he added.