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Athletics: Elite field awaits Farah in marathon debut at London race

Published on Apr 12, 2014 3:25 PM
 
Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah makes his London Marathon debut on Sunday with the British record, rather than outright victory, in his sights. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah makes his London Marathon debut on Sunday with the British record, rather than outright victory, in his sights.

The organisers have assembled a top-class field for the 31-year-old's first competitive race over the 42.195km course, including the Kenyan trio of Wilson Kipsang, who set the current world marathon record of 2hr 3min 23sec at last September's Berlin Marathon.

Also included are Emmanuel Mutai, who set the London course record of 2:04:40 in winning three years ago, and Geoffrey Mutai, twice winner in New York.

Uganda's world and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich will also be on the start line as will Ethiopia's double London champion Tsegaye Kebede and compatriot Haile Gebrselassie, who, at the age of 40, will seek to take the field through to the three-quarters mark in world-record pace.

 
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