2010 Virgin London Marathon Elite Field Announced

Wanjiru and Mikitenko will return to defend their titles.

Once again the Virgin London Marathon has assembled another stellar field for the 2010 edition of the race. In the field there are multiple Olympic champions, world record holders and national record holders. Below is a list of the entire men’s and women’s elite fields:

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The professional fields and their best times:
MEN
Samuel Wanjiru (KEN), 2:05:10, defending champion, 2008 Olympic champion
Duncan Kibet (KEN), 2:04:27
Abel Kirui (KEN), 2:05:04
Martin Lel (KEN), 2:05:15, three-time race champion
Tsegaye Kebede (ETH), 2:05:18, 2008 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist
Jaouad Gharib (MAR), 2:05:27, two-time World champion
Emmanuel Mutai (KEN), 2:06:15
Yonas Kifle (ERI), 2:07:34
Marilson Dos Santos (BRA), 2:08:37
Abdi Abdirahman (USA), 2:08:56, three-time Olympian
Yuko Matsumiya (JPN), 2:09:18
Takayuki Matsumiya (JPN), 2:10:04
Dan Robinson (GBR), 2:12:14
Yusei Nakao (JPN), 2:14:23
Zersenay Tadese (ERI), DNF (London 2009)
Andrew Lemoncello (GBR), debut

WOMEN
Irina Mikitenko (GER), 2:19:19, defending race champion
Deena Kastor (USA), 2:19:36, 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist; 2006 race champion; U.S. record holder
Lyudmila Petrova (RUS), 2:21:29
Constantina Dita (ROU), 2:21:30, 2008 Olympic champion
Svetlana Zakharova (RUS), 2:21:31
Magarsa Assale Tafa (ETH), 2:21:31
Bezunesh Bekele (ETH), 2:23:09
Mara Yamauchi (GBR), 2:23:12
Bai Xue (CHN), 2:23:27
Yoshimi Ozaki (JPN), 2:23:30
Liliya Shobukhova (RUS), 2:24:24
Atsede Habtamu (ETH), 2:24:47
Mergia Aselefech (ETH), 2:25:02
Yukiko Akaba (JPN), 2:25:40
Inga Abitova (RUS), 2:25:55
Tanith Maxwell (RSA), 2:36:38
Fiona Docherty (NZL) 2:40:18
Kim Smith (NZL), DNF (New York 2008)
Maria Konovalova (RUS), debut

For further information, visit: www.virginlondonmarathon.com and www.worldmarathonmajors.com

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