African runners jetted to London...


TL9_0816.jpgEliud Kipchoge takes London, photo by London Marathon

African runners jetted to London

NAIROBI (KEN): Kenyan elite runners and pacemakers with their technical support team were in the 56-seater aircraft that landed at the Eldoret International Airport on Saturday to afford the crew of six a day's rest at Eldoret's Boma Inn Hotel. On Monday they arrived to London. With Captain Julian Mogg at the controls, after picking the Kenyan contingent to Sunday's London Marathon, led by defending champions and world record holders Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei, the executive jet hopped over into Addis Ababa to pick the Ethiopian contingent led by multiple world and Olympic distance running champion Kenenisa Bekele. It would then make a refueling stop in Athens, Greece, before making the final approach to London Stanstead Airport. Writes Daily Nation. But also other runners arrived on Monday as Elite Athlete Manager Spencer Barden was quoted as saying: "After months of planning and preparation, we were delighted to welcome more than 40 athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico and Australia to the bubble today. The excitement is really building now."

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