Double World Marathon Champion Edna Ng’eringwony Kiplagat and World Half Marathon Record owner Florence Jebet Kiplagat have been bestowed with the herculean task as the duo headline The London Marathon women cast this year.
Also on the star-laded start- list are fellow Kenyan pair of former event champions Mary Jepkosgei Keitany (2011 and 2012) and ever-lucky 2013 winner Priscah Jeptoo completing what the organizers are calling The Fantastic Four.
As in the men’s assembly, the Kenyans are tipped to win the title but the unresolved puzzle is who among the fantastic quartet will be carrying the national flag come April 26 in the high level mixed fielding seven runners with under 2:22.
However, the focus would be on the fantastic four who are expected to battle it out over the ending stages just as they did in 2012 when Mary Keitany set the national record.
Keitany return to London marathon will be eagerly awaited by spectators after her second victory in fascinating style three years ago when she chalked 2:18.37, the time only World record holder Paul Radcliffe have clocked on London course.
The line-up in London has another Kenya Jemima Sumgong (2:20.41) and the Ethiopian duo of Feyse Tadese (2:20.27) and Tigist Tufa (2:21.52) and would be interesting to see how the Africans will dictate the pace against other nations.
The Women Line-up:
Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:50,
Mary Keitany (Kenya) 2:18:37,
Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:44,
Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:20:14,
Feyse Tadese (Ethiopia) 2:20:27,
Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) 2:20:41,
Tigist Tufa (Ethiopia) 2:21:52,
Tatyana Arkhipova (Russia) 2:23:29,
Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko (Ukraine) 2:23:58,
Christelle Daunay (France) 2:24:22,
Ana Dulce Félix (Portugal) 2:25:40,
Sara Moreira (Portugal) 2:26:00,
Alessandra Aguilar (Spain) 2:27:00,
Volha Mazuronak (Belarus) 2:27:33,
Rkia El Moukim (Morocco) 2:28:12,
Iwona Lewandowska (Poland) 2:28:32,
Diane Nukuri (Burundi) 2:29:35,
Sonia Samuels (Great Britain & NI) 2:30:56,
Emma Stepto (Great Britain & NI)2:32:40,
Rebecca Robinson (Great Britain & NI) 2:37:14.
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