Exciting Field Set For London Marathon

Patrick Makau on his way to setting the marathon world record of 2:03:38 at the 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon. Photo: BMW Berlin Marathon

It’s filled with world champions and record holders.

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First-time race director Hugh Brasher has made a grand entrance by securing what is arguable the best-ever elite field for the Virgin London Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, April 21. World-record holders, Olympic gold medalists, world champions, and champions of other World Marathon Majors events grace the field.

The men’s contest is anchored by three of Kenya’s very best athletes: world record holder Patrick Makau (2:03:38), reigning London champion and Olympic bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang (2:03:42), and reigning World Marathon Majors points champion and 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon winner Geoffrey Mutai (2:03:02). Remarkably, reigning Bank of America Chicago Marathon champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia (2:04:38), Olympic Marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda (2:07:20), Olympic silver medalist and two-time world champion Abel Kirui of Kenya, and former Virgin London Marathon champions Emmanuel Mutai (2:04:40) and Martin Lel (2:05:15) of Kenya are supporting players.

“We’re delighted to welcome all three medalists from the London 2012 Olympic Marathon to this year’s Virgin London Marathon,” remarked Brasher through a prepared statement. “The Olympic stars will line up alongside the world’s best distance runners in what promises to be a remarkable battle between the strongest men’s field ever assembled for a marathon.”

The women’s race boasts two-thirds of the 2012 Women’s Olympic Marathon podium, gold medalist Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia (2:18:58) and silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya (2:20:14); bronze medalist Tatiana Arkhipova is pregnant and not available to race. Three other excellent Kenyan women will also run: reigning world champion and 2010 ING New York City Marathon winner Edna Kiplagat (2:19:50), 2010 world half-marathon champion Florence Kiplagat (2:19:44), and two-time Olympian Lucy Kabuu (2:19:34).

Interestingly, the best woman to enter the race has never run a marathon. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba will make her marathon debut in London. The eight-time world champion from Ethiopia won Britain’s Bupa Great North Run half-marathon last year in 1:07:35 in her longest road race to date.

Here are the full elite fields with personal best times:

Patrick Makau (Kenya) 2:03:38
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:42
Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) 2:03:02
Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia) 2:04:23
Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) 2:04:38
Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) 2:04:40
Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) 2:04:52
Abel Kirui (Kenya) 2:05:04
Stanley Biwott (Kenya) 2:05:12
Martin Lel (Kenya) 2:05:15
Deressa Chimsa (Ethiopia) 2:05:42
Marilson Gomes dos Santos (Brazil) 2:06:34
Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) 2:07:20
Yared Asmeron (Eritrea) 2:07:27
Adil Annani (Morocco) 2:07:43
Marcin Chabowski (Poland) 2:10:07
Bunta Kuroki (Japan) 2:10:08
Tomas Abyu (Great Britain) 2:10:37
Scott Overall (Great Britain) 2:10:55
Derek Hawkins (Great Britain) 2:14:08
Phil Wicks (Great Britain) 2:15:38
Philip Anthony (Great Britain) 2:16:40
Mathew Bond (Great Britain) Debut

Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) 2:18:58
Lucy Kabuu (Kenya) 2:19:34
Florence Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:44
Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) 2:19:50
Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) 2:20:14
Meselech Melkamu (Ethiopia) 2:21:01
Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) 2:22:03
Yukiko Akaba (Japan) 2:24:09
Remi Nakazato (Japan) 2:24:28
Jessica Augusto (Portugal) 2:24:33
Alevtina Biktimirova (Russia) 2:25:12
Mai Ito (Japan) 2:25:26
Nadia Ejjafini (Italy) 2:26:15
Renee Baillie (USA) 2:27:17
Olga Dubovskaya (Belarus) 2:28:08
Adriana Da Silva (Brazil) 2:29:17
Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) Debut
Joyce Chepkirui (Kenya)    Debut
Freya Murray Ross (Great Britain) 2:28:10
Amy Whitehead (Great Britain) 2:33:44
Susan Partridge (Great Britain) 2:34:13
Helen Clitheroe (Great Britain) Debut

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