Ethiopia: Kenenisa to Run in Star-Studded London Marahon
Olympic and world 10,000 and 5,000m champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele is scheduled to take part in London Marathon in April. Prior to that Kenenisa will run in the Dubai Marathon on January 23.
Kenenisa made a very successful debut at the Paris Marathon in April 2014 smashing both the course record and the debut marathon times of past legends Haile Gebreselassie, Paul Tergat and Samuel Wanjiru clocking 2:05:04, the sixth-fastest marathon debut. His second marathon was disappointing as he finished fourth in Chicago in October last year.
Kenenisa, the greatest track runner of all time, will battle it out with the Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, world marathon record holder, and eight other East African giants of the race with times under 2:06.
In September’s Berlin Marathon 2014, Kimetto clocked two 2:02:57 improving the world record time held by another Kenyan Wilson Kipsang by 26 seconds. The two Kenyans will face each other for the first time in the mouth-watering London Marathon.Kimettowill be making his London Marathon debut while Kipsang is seeking a third title after winning in 2012 and 2014.
“Having the current and former world-record holders in the same race for the first time, is a real coup for us on our 35th anniversary, and a thrilling prospect for marathon fans,”
Race Director Hugh Brasher said.
“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,” Brasher said.
Confirming his participation in the Dubai Marathon, Kenenisa’s agent, Jos Hermens, confirmed to Runner’s World Newswire that his client will work with Canova, who has also coached Hermens’ clients Florence Kiplagat, a 2:19:44 marathoner, and Moses Mosop, who ran 2:03:06 for second in Boston in 2011. Canova also mentored American Ryan Hall for about a half-year in 2012 and 2013, but Hall was injured for much of that alliance.
“Kenenisa was not prepared well enough, certainly, for Chicago,” the agent said. The decision to work with Canova was made by Hermens soon after the Chicago Marathon.
Prior to the London Marathon’s tough test, Kenenisa is aiming to break the course record in Dubai (2:04:24) as well as the Ethiopian record of 2:03:59 held by Haile.