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Kipsang favourite for London Marathon

21 April 2015, 14:35

Nairobi - Kenya's Wilson Kipsang has been earmarked as one of the favourites for Sunday's London Marathon.

David Bedford, the London Marathon’s elite field coordinator, is backing the experienced Kenyan to come out tops amongst a star studded field.

"Wilson Kipsang could well be the best marathon runner we've seen in 10 years," said Bedford on virginmoneylondonmarathon.com.

"He's an incredible competitor. His record of finishing races is astounding. He rarely has a bad one. He'll be the person to beat. But Dennis Kimetto is the world record holder. He clearly has something to prove, though he's in the shadow of Kipsang in some ways. He'll be looking for the opportunity to outpace Kipsang in London.

"But both of them have to look carefully over their shoulders at Geoffrey Mutai. He ran that amazing time in Boston in 2011. It's now been surpassed, but for me, Geoffrey has unfinished business with the marathon and he's in London as well. That makes it an amazing competition.

"Add to that Emmanuel Mutai, who has won here before and been second on two occasions. He’s a great competitor. He ran 2:03:13 in Berlin last year.

"Then there’s Eliud Kipchoge, who won Chicago last October. I’m sure he’s not happy being fifth on my list of Kenyans as to who's going to do well here. He will be a man with something to prove. He knows that if he wins London, his status goes immediately to number one in the world, and everyone will want him in their competitions in the future.

"So put those people together, get a bit of decent weather and it should be a great race."

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