Former New York Marathon winner Stanley Biwott of Kenya has been
added to the London marathon men’s line-up along with Ethiopia’s
The London marathon
will be held on April 22 and the two will join defending
champion Daniel Wanjiru, Olympic and Berlin champion Eliud
Kipchoge both of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele.
second in the Berlin Marathon last year behind Kipchoge in
2:03:46 for the fastest ever marathon debut.
Biwott, the 2015 New
York City Marathon champion, pushed his compatriot Kipchoge to
within eight seconds of the world record at the 2016 London
Marathon as the pair battled it out over the second half of the
“It is an honour and
pleasure to run in London. There are top names lined up and I
have to trust my strength to carry me through the course. It
will be tough for everyone and I hope the best prepared athlete
will excel,” Biwott said on Wednesday from Eldoret.
finished second to Kipchoge in 2016 in 2:03:51, making him the
sixth fastest marathon runner in history. It was the second time
Biwott finished runner-up at the London Marathon after trailing
only Wilson Kipsang in 2014.
Kipchoge gave up the
title last year without a fight as he opted to run in a new Nike
test event to become the first man to run under two hours in
He missed the target
by less than a minute. He however went on to try and break the
world record in Berlin and still missed owing to bad weather. In
his absence from London, Kenya’s wanjiru was crowned champion.
He went on to finish fourth at the London World Marathon
Championships in August.
Adola is another man
who has pushed Kipchoge to the limit. The 27-year-old looked on
course for a shock win at last year’s Berlin Marathon before
Kipchoge recovered to win in the final miles. Adola’s time of
2:03:46 was the fastest debut marathon ever.