LONDON, (Reuters) – Triple Olympic track champion Kenenisa Bekele, the second-fastest marathon runner in history, will make another attempt at claiming the world record over the classic 26.2 mile distance when he leads a stellar field for the London marathon in April. Ethiopian Bekele, widely regarded as the greatest distance runner of all time and world record holder over 10,000 and 5,000 metres, ran two hours, three minutes and three seconds when winning Berlin last September, six seconds outside Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 set on the same course in 2014. “London is the greatest marathon in the world and I would love to win there,” Bekele said in a statement issued by race organisers revealing the lineup on Monday. Abel Kirui, who won the world marathon title in 2011 and 2013, returns to London for the first time since 2012 when he was fifth, four months before winning Olympic silver in the same city. Eritrean Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, who became the youngest world marathon champion when he took the 2015 world title in Beijing at 19, also runs.
Source: Ethiopian News January 10, 2017 06:07 UTC