Kenya, Ethiopia marathoners renew hostilities in London

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By Satenaw April 23, 2017 08:13

Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa, Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba, Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba, Kenya’s Florence Kiplagat, Kenya’s Mary Keitany and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot pose outside Tower Bridge in central London during a photocall for the Women’s marathon elite athletes on April 19, 2017 ahead of the upcoming London Marathon. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |  AFP

By AYUMBA AYODI

 

The World record could go up in smoke when some of the finest long distance runners clash at this year’s London Marathon on Sunday.

Once again, the Kenya-Ethiopia long distance running rivalry will be in display especially in the women’s race, while athletes from Eritrea are expected to add a twist to the men’s race.

There is no pulling stops as two-time former World marathon champion Abel Kirui leads Kenya’s assault of 2016 Amsterdam Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru and marathon debutante Bedan Karoki, who is also the World Half Marathon silver medallist.

Whether Kirui and company will retain the title after Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the race in a course record 2:03:05 last year is left to be known.

The Kenyans have a battle at hand as they confront the second fastest man in marathon history, Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele and reigning World Marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea.

Bekele won the Berlin Marathon in September in 2:03:03, missing Dennis Kimetto’s world record by just six seconds.

n Summary

  • Once again, the Kenya-Ethiopia long distance running rivalry will be in display especially in the women’s race, while athletes from Eritrea are expected to add a twist to the men’s race.
  • Two-time former World marathon champion Abel Kirui leads Kenya’s assault of 2016 Amsterdam Marathon champion Daniel Wanjiru and marathon debutante Bedan Karoki, who is also the World Half Marathon silver medallist.
  • The Kenyans have a battle at hand as they confront the second fastest man in marathon history, Ethiopian track legend Kenenisa Bekele and reigning World Marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie from Eritrea.
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By Satenaw April 23, 2017 08:13
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