A Preview Of The World’s Most Competitive Marathon

Tsegaye Kebede hopes to defeat one of the most competitive fields in history at this weekend's London Marathon. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Tsegaye Kebede finds himself at the top of an extremely talented field.

Letsrun.com’s co-founder Robert Johnson has posted a preview of the men’s field at the upcoming Virgin London Marathon that takes place this Sunday.

He points out that there are seven sub-2:06 marathoners and two runners who have even gone under 2:05.

This is pretty impressive, considering that only 24 men in history have gone sub-2:06.

At the top of this unbelievably competitive field is the Ethiopian, Tsegaye Kebede. Of Kebede’s last 8 marathons, he has finished first in four of them and second in two of them. He is also an Olympic bronze medalist. Kenyan rival Sammy Wanjiru is not competing this year, which improves Kebede’s chances.

Johnson goes on to pick three other runners who he thinks might win: Patrick Makau, James Kwambai, and Bazu Worku. He also selects “four studs who won’t win”: Jaouad Gharib, Emmanuel Mutai. Abel Kiru, and Marilson Gomes dos Santos.

And there’s bad news for the Americans. With the withdrawal of Dathan Ritzenhein due to injury, there isn’t much in terms of talent from the U.S.A. Morroccan-born Mo Trafeh is making his debut and seasoned marathoner Jason Lehmkuhle will also be toeing the line.

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