2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Diaries: Kenenisa Bekele leads the list

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Thank you Berlin. I never expected such great result. I am more than happy. I want to run again here!

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Kenenisa tops the list
LONDON (GBR): Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele tops the list of world class contenders for the men's elite race at London Marathon 2017. 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. He will face five opponents who have run marathons quicker than 2:06, while the field contains two marathon world champions, three of the top five finishers from last summer's Olympic Games, and the winners of the Abbott World Marathon Majors races in Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and New York in 2016. Specially to mention his team-mates, Feyisa Lilesa, Tesfaye Abera and and Tilahun Regassa. Abel Kirui and Daniel Wanjiru willo lead the Kenyan challenge. Eritrea's young star Ghirmay Ghebreslassie returns to London after finishing fourth last April in a PB 2:07:46 and is 2015 World champion. A number of Britain's best will be out in force too seeking a place on the London 2017 World Championship team. Former European 10 000 m silver medallist Chris Thompson, London 2012 Olympian Scott Overall and Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde are the leading contenders. Organisers are writing in a preview.

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