Mutai, Mergia boost London marathon fields

Aselefech Mergia of Ethiopiafrom MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – ORGANISERS of next month’s Virgin Money London Marathon believe two of the greatest marathon fields ever assembled have become stronger.

This follows the announcement that Geoffrey Mutai and Aselefech Mergia have been added to the men’s and women’s elite line-ups for the 2015.

Kenya’s Mutai and Mergia from Ethiopia are the two most prominent names in a second wave of athletes signed up for the London Marathon’s 35th anniversary.

The line-up contains the three fastest marathon runners of all time, and six of the 10 quickest men in history, while Mutai, who has a ‘legitimate’ personal best of 2:04:15, is one of nine men to have run the grueling 26,2
miles in under 2:05.

Virgin Money London Marathon race director, Hugh Brasher, welcomed the new additions.

“Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it has. In most marathons around the world Geoffrey Mutai and Aselefech Mergia would be headline names in their own right,” he said.

He expressed disappointment nonetheless at the withdrawal of Kenenisa Bekele, the multiple Olympic and world track champion, who broke the Paris Marathon course record on his debut at the distance last April.

“Bekele has been forced to withdraw from the 2015 race with a right Achilles tendon injury sustained during the Dubai Marathon in January.

“While, of course, we are disappointed to lose Kenenisa, we are delighted to have added Geoffrey and Aselefech to our already bursting fields and welcome them back to London along with all our elite athletes.”

The Virgin Money London Marathon is set for April 26 in the British capital.

– CAJ News

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