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
"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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