Ones to watch on Sunday: Men's elites



by Katie Hiscock

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Sunday's Virgin London Marathon will feature one of the best elite men’s marathon field ever assembled, say race organisers, including nine men who’ve completed the distance in under 2:06.

2012 winner Wilson Kipsang will be out to prove he’s the best in the world over the distance. The 30-year-old Kenyan missed out on the London Marathon course record by just four seconds last year, beating his closest rival, fellow Kenyan Martin Lel by a two-minute margin to come in at 2:04:44. "I'm really looking forward to competing with fellow athletes and I'll try to go for a course record," said Kipsang, speaking at the London Expo. With just four seconds to shave off the course record, does he think a world record is possible too? "It is possible on the course," he says. "It's a good course and if the weather is good and the pace goes well, it is possible."

Kipsang will face stiff competition from his fellow countryman Patrick Makau. As the marathon world-record holder (2:03:38, Berlin, 2011) and winner of the 2012 Frankfurt Marathon, Makau says he feels good. “It’s the second time I’ve run London. I like the course and I’m hoping to run well on Sunday, he said.”

Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, the surprise winner of the London 2012 Olympic Marathon, will also return to the capital to do battle.

Kipsang, Makau and Mutai will be wearing adidas' new adiZero adios boost featuring the brand's new Boost technology on Sunday. Over the past five years the adiZero adios has notched up an impressive list of successes: its debut saw Haile Gebrselassie break the world record in Berlin in 2008, then Patrick Makau followed suit in 2011 on the same course wearing the adiZero adios 2. Could the shoe see its third success on Sunday - a course record, maybe even a world record? 

Men's race: Ones to watch:

Bib no 1: Wilson Kipsang: PB 2:03:42
Bib no 2: Patrick Makau, PB: 2:03:38
Bib no 3: Geoffrey Mutai, PB: 2:04:15
Bib no 4: Ayele Abshero, PB: 2:04:23
Bib no 5: Tsegaye Kebede, PB: 2:04:38
Bib no 6: Emmanuel Mutai, PB: 2:04:40
Bib no 7: Feyisa Lilesa, PB: 2:04:52 
Bib no 9: Stanley Biwott, PB: 2:05:12
Bib no 11: Deressa Chimsa, PB: 2:05:42
Bib no 12: Stephen Kiprotich, PB: 2:07:20
Bib no 29: Guest: Mo Farah (Mo will be running half the marathon)

You can watch the Virgin London Marathon on BBC One from 8.30am on Sunday.

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Kipsang will face stiff competition from his fellow countryman Patrick Makau. As the marathon world-record holder (2:03:38, Berlin, 2011) and winner of the 2012 Frankfurt Marathon, Makau says he feels good. “It’s the second time I’ve run London. I like the course and I’m hoping to run well on Sunday, he said.”

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