London Marathon 2016 elite men’s field announced

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The world’s greatest male marathon runners will go head-to-head once again at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 24th April, race organisers announced today. With an incredible five sub-2:05 and 16 sub-2:10 runners signed up, it's set to be a seriously speedy race.

Following last year’s nail-biting finish, Kenya’s all-star trio Eliud Kipchoge, two-time winner Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto will be back to form part of the stellar elite men’s field.

In 2015 Kipchoge won the race in 2:04:42, beating former world record-holder Kipsang by five seconds and narrowly missing his course record by 13 seconds. Kipchoge went on to win the 2015 Berlin Marathon in a 2:04:00 PB, putting him sixth on the all-time list behind Kimetto’s 2:02:57 and Kipsang’s 2:03:23.

This year the sub 2:05 field will include fellow countrymen Stanley Biwott and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.

Eritrea’s Beijing world champ Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, Ukraine’s nine-time Euro Cross winner Serhiy Lebid and German record-holder Arne Gabius will also be lining up on the day, while Kenya’s Bedan Karoki will be making his marathon debut.

‘It was fantastic to win the Virgin Money London Marathon last year against one of the greatest fields ever assembled in marathon running,’ said Kipchoge. ‘This year I will come back to London to compete again with the world’s best athletes. I will work hard to defend my title in London and, together with Wilson, Dennis, Stanley and those from other countries, make it a fast and wonderful race.

‘I want to thank the organisation for again bringing the best athletes in marathon running together in London, it’s great for our sport.’

13 Brits will also make up the elite field, with competition set to be fierce as they do battle for Rio 2016 spots. Scott Overall and Callum Hawkins, who have both already achieved the GB qualifying standard for Rio, will be among the Brits. The first two eligible athletes will be automatically nominated for the Olympics, provided they have achieved the 2:14 qualifying mark.

Overall and Hawkins will be joined by Chris Thompson, Lee Merrien, Derek Hawkins, Phil Wicks, Ben Moreau, Ian Kimpton, Matthew Hynes, John Beattie and Andrew Davies, while Jonathan Hay and Ryan McLeod are set to make their marathon debuts.

Virgin Money London Marathon 2016 men’s elite field and personal bests:

Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:04:00
Dennis Kimetto (KEN) 2:02:57
Wilson Kipsang (KEN) 2:03:23
Endeshaw Negesse (ETH) 2:04:52
Stanley Biwott (KEN) 2:04:55
Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:05:04
Tilahun Regassa (ETH) 2:05:27
Abera Kuma (ETH) 2:05:56
Samuel Tsegay (ERI) 2:07:28
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI) 2:07:47
Amanuel Mesel (ERI) 2:08:17
Serhiy Lebid (UKR) 2:08:32
Arne Gabius (GER) 2:08:33
Tewelde Estifanos (ERI) 2:09:16
Ghebrezgiabhier Kibrom (ERI) 2:09:36
Vitaliy Shafar (UKR) 2:09:58
Marcin Chabowski (POL) 2:10:07
Scott Overall (GBR) 2:10:55
Chris Thompson (GBR) 2:11:14
Yuki Sato (JPN) 2:12:12
Callum Hawkins (GBR) 2:12:17
Nordstad Moen (NOR) 2:12:54
Andrew Lemoncello (GBR) 2:13:40
Lee Merrien (GBR) 2:13:41
Derek Hawkins (GBR) 2:14:04
Shawn Forrest (AUS) 2:14:37
Kevin Seaward (IRL) 2:14:52
Phil Wicks (GBR) 2:15:37
Paul Pollock (IRL) 2:15:38
Ben Moreau (GBR) 2:15:52
Ian Kimpton (GBR) 2:15:55
Matthew Hynes (GBR) 2:16:00
John Beattie (GBR) 2:16:38
Jonathan Mellor (GBR) 2:16:52
Andrew Davies (GBR) 2:16:55
Stephen Scullion (IRL) 2:34:33
Bedan Karoki (KEN) Debut
Gervais Hakizimana (RWA) Debut
Jonathan Hay (GBR) Debut
Ryan McLeod (GBR) Debut
Alejandro Fernandez Martin (ESP) Debut

The elite women’s field was announced last week and includes Tigist Tufa, Mary Keitany, Mare Dibaba, Florence Kiplagat and Gladys Cherono.

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