London Marathon field includes last two world record holders

Dennis Kimetto

The London Marathon will pit the two fastest marathoners of all time against each other over 26.2 miles for the first time on April 26.

Kenyan training partners Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang lead a loaded men’s elite field announced Wednesday.

Kimetto, 30, broke the world record at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 28, clocking 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds. He took the mark from Kipsang, who ran 2:03:23 to win in the German capital in 2013.

Kipsang, 32, is the reigning London and New York City Marathon champion and Olympic bronze medalist.

The next-fastest men in the field are (personal bests in parentheses):

Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya, 2:03:13)
Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya, 2:04:05)
Ayele Abshero (Ethiopia, 2:04:23)
Sammy Kitwara (Kenya, 2:04:28)
Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia, 2:04:32)
Stanley Biwott (Kenya, 2:04:55)
Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia, 2:05:04)

Bekele, 32, is the greatest track distance runner of all time with world records in the 5000m and 10,000m and three Olympic golds. He won the 2014 Paris Marathon in his 26.2-mile debut.

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