Runners get ready for marathon effort in London

Elizabeth Williams
April 23, 2017

I'm very grateful to everyone who has made it happen, to the people who caught the athlete who doped to those who arranged for me to have a ceremony. "But Having won here before, I believe doing it in super-fast time will be a great attraction to the people, fans and the competition", she said.

With four athletes with sub-2:20 personal bests, and another four who have broken 2:22, Paula Radcliffe's all-women's world record of 2:17:42 could fall at Sunday's 37th Virgin Money London Marathon here.

"Stomach cancer caused by this mutation is so rare that it doesn't attract the funding of cancers which affect thousands rather than tens or hundreds, but as the father of two little girls - Abigail is now nine, and Edith is five - who may one day find they are carriers themselves, it is important to me, which is why I am running the London Marathon to support Cancer Research UK".

In January, the six-time Paralympic champion said he will never wear a Great Britain vest again after an unsuccessful Paralympic Games in Rio a year ago.

Bekele, a triple Olympic champion and double world record holder on the track, became the world's second fastest marathon runner of all time when he won the 2016 Berlin Marathon last September.

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"I am hearing all the time about what's happening in Ethiopia and when I run I am remembering what's going on". Of course, they have to cooperate in the early stages of the race to help each other maintain such a torrid pace. "We hope that our ambassador will win this Marathon, as well as the upcoming World Championship in August and after that, nobody will stop us from realising our dream", he insisted.

Kiplagat has set her sight on the title this time round. "I don't want such a mess".

"For me it really embarrasses the sport". After that performance, Kenyan selectors left her off the Rio Olympic team, something which Keitany says still smarts. Last year's victor, Jemima Sumgong of Kenya underwent an out-of-competition doping control in Kenya on 28 February, and her "A" sample came back positive for the blood booster EPO. She added: "If the truth will be like that, I'm really ashamed".

Using that snub to motivate her, Keitany whipped herself into top shape last summer to prepare for her NY title defense.

"I can not say the marathon is hard because I haven't done the marathon", she quipped.

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