A formidable team of six Kenyans would be battling it out with their Ethiopian rivals during this year’s Virgin London Marathon with immediate former world record holder Wilson Kipsang facing an uphill task in defending his last year’s title.
The line up that has the top 10 dipping under 2:06 and all from the two Eastern Africa neighbours boasts of a refined cast with current World record holder Dennis Kimeto braving for a clash with Kipsang whoposted 2:03.23 in breaking the previous world mark in Berlin in 2013.
“I broke Wilson’s world record in Berlin last year and now I want the London title,” vows Kimetto who produced a blistering 2:02.57 hence becoming the first human being to run the 42:195 kilometres under 2:03.
Besides the two, the ever-green Eliud Kipchoge and consistent Emmanuel Mutai will also be in the mix as the Kenyans seek to maintain dominancy over the greatest race on earth slated for April 26th.
Mutai, with a Personal Best of 2:03.13, and Stanley Biwott (2:04.55) will bring experience to the race after finishing second in 2013 and 2014 while Kipchoge, the current Chigaco marathon champion, would be seeking the London title to cement his stronghold on road race running.
The Kenyans would be racing against their perennial opponents with Ayele Abshero, bragging of his 2:04.23, and country mate Tsegaye Mekonnen (2:04.32) mounting the onslaught in the usual rivalry.
Another Kenyan, Sammy Kitwara (2:04.28) and former cross-country superman and multiple champion Kenenisa Bekele (2:05.04), would be playing the dark horse during the race known for bringing together the big wig annually.
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