Kipsang, Kimeto go toe-toe in Londonfrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – THE world’s greatest men’s marathon runners, Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto, will go head-to-head in a marathon for the first time when they clash at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon in April.
Former world-record holder Kipsang will defend his title in a mile-by-mile bout against fellow Kenyan Kimetto, the man who made history last year when he broke Kipsang’s record to become the first man ever to run 26.2 miles in less than 2hrs 3min.
Kimetto, who clocked 2:02:57 in last September’s Berlin Marathon, will make his London Marathon debut in April, while Kipsang takes on the iconic course for the fourth time having won in 2012 and 2014.
The two are training partners in Iten but have never faced each other over the marathon distance.
Virgin Money London Marathon race director, Hugh Brasher, said having the current and former world-record holders in the same race, going stride for stride for the first time, was a “real coup.”
“Wilson is familiar with our course and showed last year why he is already regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time.
“But Dennis arrives as a history-maker after making headlines around the world a few months ago. It would take a brave man to predict which one will be left standing on 26 April,” said Brasher.
Kipsang and Kimetto are joined by four other strong Kenyans, including 2011 London champion Emmanuel Mutai, who ran the second quickest time ever when
finishing runner-up to Kimetto in Berlin last year; Eliud Kipchoge, the former world 5000m champion who won the 2014 Chicago Marathon last October; and Sammy Kitwara, who was second in Chicago and third in Tokyo last year.
– CAJ News
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