Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele tops the list of world class contenders for the men’s elite race on the 2017 London Marathon. Already a triple Olympic champion and double world record holder on the track, Kenenisa became the world’s second fastest marathon runner of all time when he won the 2016 Berlin Marathon last September.
He missed the world record by just six seconds when he crossed the line in the German capital in two hours three minutes three seconds after a thrilling battle with former world record holder Wilson Kipsang. It was the fastest marathon in the world in 2016 and broke Haile Gebrselassie’s Ethiopian record, sending a powerful message to the selectors who had left him out of Ethiopia’s team for the Rio Olympic Games.
Now Kenenisa aims to strike another blow for his country as he seeks to become only the third Ethiopian man ever to win the coveted London Marathon title and the first since two-time winner Tsegaye Kebede in 2013.
Kenenisa Bekele made his London Marathon debut last April when he ran an impressive race to finish third behind Kenyan duo of Eliud Kipchoge and Stanley Biwott despite not being fully fit. Now regarded as one of the true marathon elites, he will have Eliud Kipchoge’s course record of 2:03:05 in his sights, and perhaps even Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57.
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