Nagpur, Jan 29 (Agencies): The third edition of Nagpur International Marathon on Sunday is expected to be dominated by athletes from East African nations and over 50 athletes have already landed in the city.

Indian challenge in the women's section will be led by Kavita Raut, who had won bronze in the Commonwealth Games and silver in the Asian Games, both in 10,000m.

“About 1.50 lakh runners would participate,” said Vilas Muttemwar, former union minister and the chief organiser of the Marathon.
Last year's runner-up Kahuruzi Oswald Reverian of Tanzania (best timing: 2.13.05 hours) and Zurich Marathon second position holder Nzioki Eric Lussa (best timing: 2.10 hours) of Kenya, along with fellow athlete Cheruiyor Gilbert (best timing: 2.12.33 hours) are strong contenders in the marathon.

India's Dattatraya Jaybhoye, who finished eighth in Asian Marathon in Seoul (Korea) with a timing of 2.23 hours, may find it hard to match up to the Africans.

Olympic bronze medallist boxer Vijender Singh will flag off the Marathon at 6:30 am at Kasturchnnd Park in Nagpur.