VLM 2015: The elite men

Wilson Kipsang

Born: 15/03/82

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:03:23


The former world marathon record holder, Kipsang won the Berlin Marathon 2013 in 2:03:23 and has run under 2:05 for the marathon on five separate occasions.

Dennis Kimetto

Born: 22/01/84

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:02:57


On 28 September 2014, Kimetto broke the world record at the Berlin Marathon with 2:02:5, becoming the first man to run under 2:03.

Emmanuel Mutai

Born: 12/10/84

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:03:13


At the 2011 London Marathon Mutai won on his fourth attempt with a course record and personal best time of 2:04:40.

Eliud Kipchoge

Born: 05/11/84

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:04:05

Kipchoge won the 2013 Hamburg Marathon in 2:05:30 hours and the fifth-fastest time in history the following year at the Berlin marathon in running 2:04:05.

Geoffrey Mutai

Born: 07/11/81

Country: Kenya

PB: 02:03:02

On 18 April 2011 at the Boston Marathon, Mutai ran the second fastest marathon ever at the time in a time of 2 hours 3 minutes 2 seconds.

Sammy Kitwara

Born: 26/11/86

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:04:28

In October, Kitwara placed fourth at the 2012 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:05:54 hours.

Tsegaye Mekonnen

Born: 15/06/95

Country: Ethiopia

PB: 2:04:32


In his debut, the 19-year-old Ethiopian won the 2014 Dubai Marathon in 2:04:32
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Stanley Biwott

Born: 21/04/86

Country: Kenya

PB: 2:04:55


At the 2014 London Marathon Biwott ran a career best time of 2:04:55, finishing in second place.

Tilahun Regassa

Born: 18/01/90

Country: Ethiopia

PB: 2:05:27


Regassa made his marathon debut at the 2012 Chicago Marathon and ran the third fastest ever debut of 2:05:27 hours.

Samuel Tsegay

Born: 24/02/88

Country: Eritrea

PB: 2:07:28

Tsegay ran a personal best of 2:07:28 hours at the Amsterdam Marathon in 2011. Although this time brought him the national record for the marathon, previously held by Yonas Kifle, he only finished eighth in the high calibre race.

Serhiy Lebid

Born: 15/07/75

Country: Ukraine

PB: 2:08:32

Lebid came third at the Great Manchester Run in May 2010 and has won the European Cross Country championships on nine separate occasions.

Aleksey Reunkov

Born: 15/07/75

Country: Russia

PB: 2:09:54


At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Reunkov finished in 14th place of the men's marathon.

Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom

Born: 1987

Country: Eritrea

PB: 2:10:00

Marcin Chabowski

Born: 28/06/86

Country: Poland

PB: 2:10:07

Four-time Polish champion in cross country and twice at 10 000 metres, Chabowski is the first-ever national champion in the 10K road race and a national champion in the half-marathon.

Koen Raymaekers

Born: 31/01/80

Country: Netherlands

PB: 2:10:35

A three time Dutch half marathon champion, Raymaekers ran his fastest marathon in Rotterdam in 2012.

Scott Overall

Born: 09/02/83

Country: Great Britain & NI

PB: 2:10:55


Scott finished 61st in the London Olympic Marathon 2012 in a time of 2:22:37.  He ran his 02:10:55 PB in Berlin 2011.

Michael Shelley

Born: 10/10/83

Country: Australia

PB: 2:11:15


Shelley won a gold medal in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He has also represented Australia at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships and the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. On the road, he has won at the Gold Coast Half Marathon and the City2Surf race in Sydney.

Javier Guerra

Born: 10/11/83

Country: Spain

PB: 2:12:21

Guerra ran his 02:12:21 PB at La La Coruña in 2013.

Bekir Karayel

Born: 10/05/82

Country: Turkey

PB: 2:13:21

Karayel qualified for participation in marathon event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished in 76th place.

Hermano Ferreira

Born: 16/11/82

Country: Portugal

PB: 02:13:28

Christian Kreienbühl

Born: 06/06/81

Country: Switzerland

PB: 2:15:35

Anuradha Cooray

Born: 24/03/78

Country: Sri Lanka

PB: 2:19:24

Mert Girmalegesse

Born: 30/11/87

Country: Turkey

PB: Debut

Cesar Lizano

Born: 07/03/82

Country: Turkey

PB: 002:17:50

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Lizano competed in the Men's marathon, finishing in 65th place.

Stijn Fincioen

Born: 29/12/80

Country: Belgium

PB: 2:17:56

In 2013 Fincioen became Belgian champion in the marathon in a time of 2:23:56. 

Matthew Hynes

Born: 15/01/88

Country: GBR

PB: Debut

Pedro Ribeiro

Born:

Country: Portugal

PB: Debut