by Robert Johnson
July 5, 2022
The elite women’s field for the 2022 TCS London Marathon was released today and once again it’s absolute amazing.
This year’s London field will feature 9 sub-2:20 women – a feat only accomplished at last year’s London race as well as the 2022 Olympics. And the majority of those 9 women didn’t just barely squeak under 2:20. 8 of them have broken 2:19 – the most ever in a single marathon race – the previous record was six at the 2020 Olympics. And five of them have broken 2:18. Also a new record. We believe the previous record was 3 at the 2020 Olympics.
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Here is the full 2022 London elite women’s field which also will serve as the debut marathon for British hope Liz McColgan.
2022 TCS London Marathon elite women’s field
- Brigid KOSGEI (KEN): Marathon Personal best – 2:14:04 (WR)
- Yalemzerf YEHUALAW (ETH): 2:17:23
- Joyciline JEPKOSGEI (KEN): 2:17:43
- Degitu AZIMERAW (ETH): 2:17:58
- Ashete BEKERE (ETH): 2:17:58
- Joan Chelimo MELLY (ROU): 2:18:04
- Sutume Asefa KEBEDE (ETH): 2:18:12
- Alemu MEGERTU (ETH): 2:18:51
- Hiwot GEBREKIDAN (ETH): 2:19:10
- Ababel YESHANEH (ETH): 2:20:51
- Mary NGUGI (KEN): 2:21:32
- Charlotte PURDUE (GBR): 2:23:26
- Reia IWADE (JPN): 2:23:52
- Stephanie TWELL (GBR): 2:26:40
- Rose HARVEY (GBR): 2:27:20
- Marci KLIMEK (USA): 2:30:48
- Samantha HARRISON (GBR): 2:32:22
- Anna BRACEGIRDLE (GBR): 2:34:20
- Emma STYLES (GBR): 2:37:36
- Girmawit GEBRZIHAIR (ETH): Debut
- Eilish McCOLGAN (GBR): Debut
Yes, times aren’t what they used to be because of super shoes but the 2022 London field will feature 5 of the top 10 marathoners in the world from 2021 according to the LRC rankings.
2. Joyciline Jepkosgei, Kenya
Last year: 1st London (2:17:43 — #1 in world)
This year: 7th in Boston in 2:24:43
4. Brigid Kosgei, Kenya
Last year: 2nd Olympics (2:27:36), 4th London (2:18:40 — #5 in world)
This year: Won Tokyo in 2:16:02
5. Degitu Azimeraw, Ethiopia
Last year: 2nd London (2:17:58 — #3 in world)
This year: 8th in Boston in 2:25:23
6. Ashete Bekere, Ethiopia
Last year: 3rd London (2:18:18 — #4 in world)
This year: 2nd in Tokyo in 2:17:58
7. Hiwot Geberkidan, Ethiopia
Last year: 1st Milan (2:19:35 — #8 in world), 2nd Berlin (2:21:23)
This year: 5th in Tokyo in 2:19:10
Additionally, the 2022 London field will have a ton of in-form women as it includes 7 of the 13 women who have broken 2:20 in 2022 inlcuding 5 of the top 6 fastest women in 2022
The 6 Fastest Women of 2022 (Bold = Running London)
1 2:16:02 Brigid Kosgei KEN 1st Tokyo
2 2:17:18 Ruth Chepngetich KEN 8 Aug 94 1 Nagoya
3 2:17:23 NR Yalemzerf Yehualaw ETH 1st Hamburg
4 2:17:58 Ashete Bekele ETH 2nd Tokyo
5 2:18:04 NR Joan Chelimo ROU 1st Seoul
6 2:18:12 Sutume Asefa ETH 2nd Seoul
Quick Take: The London field is amazing, who is left for the other majors and Valencia?
We already knew that the marathoner we ranked #1 in 2021- Peres Jepchirchir – who won both the Olympics and New York last year and has since won Boston – is going to defend her NY crown. The other huge name not on the 2022 London list is reigning Chicago marathon champ Ruth Chepngetich – who won $250,000 in winning Nagoya earlier this year (2:17:18). We imagine she’ll head back to Chicago although that’s a quick turnaround from Worlds.
Here are the 5 women we ranked in our top 10 for the women’s marathon who aren’t in London this year.
1. Peres Jepchirchir, Kenya
Last year’s exploits: 1st Olympics (2:27:20), 1st New York (2:22:39)
This year’s exploits: 1st Boston. Next up: Worlds and then NYC
3. Angela Tanui, Kenya
Last year’s exploits: 1st Dhaka (2:29:04), 1st Tuscany (2:20:08), 1st Amsterdam (2:17:57 — #2 in world)
This year’s exploits: 4th in Tokyo in 2:18:42. Next up: Worlds then???
8. Nancy Jelagat, Kenya
Last year’s exploits: 1st Valencia (2:19:31 — #7 in world)
This year’s exploits: None. Next up: ???
9. Gotytom Gebreslase, Ethiopia
Last year’s exploits: 1st Berlin (2:20:09 — #9 in world)
This year’s exploits: 3rd in Tokyo in 2:18:18. Next up: Our guess is he goes to Berlin to defend her Berlin crown.
10. Molly Seidel, USA
Last year’s exploits: 3rd Olympics (2:27:46), 4th New York (2:24:42)
This year’s exploits: DNF Boston. Next up: Our guess is she goes back to NYC.
And here are the sub-2:20 women in 2022 besides Ruth Chepngetich who aren’t in London.
2:18:18 Goytatom Gebreselassie ETH 3rd Tokyo – R
2:18:42 Angela Tanui KEN 4th Tokyo – Running Worlds.
2:18:45 Lonah Chemtai Salpeter ISR 2nd Nagoya –
2:19:12 Keira D’Amato USA 1st Houston TX – Running Worlds
2:19:48 Judith Korir KEN 1st Paris – Running Worlds
Talk about the 2022 London women’s field on our messageboard / fan forum: MB: 2022 London Marathon women’s field is out and it will feature a record 5 sub-2:18 and 8 sub-2:19 women.