No Ugandan elite runner for 2017 London marathon, Bekele returns

There hasn’t been any Ugandan elite runner confirming participation at the 2017 London Virgin Money marathon, but Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele is set to make a timely return to the England capital.

The marathon will get underway on Sunday 23 April and a strong elite field has already been released.

Triple Olympic champion and double world record holder on the track, Bekele is joined by Stanely Biwott, who won the 2015 New York City Marathon.

The famous Start Line at Blackheath has alos invited Rio Olympic silver medallist and Tokyo Marathon champion Feyisa Lilesa, the 2016 Dubai and Hamburg Marathon champion Tesfaye Abera, and Tilahun Regassa.

Kenyans Abel Kirui and Daniel Wanjiru will also feature in the event, Eritrea’s young star Ghirmay Ghebreslassie also returning to London after finishing fourth last April in a PB 2:07:46.

Rio 2016
Stephen Kiprotich leading the 2016 Rio Olympics Marathon pack before he slipped to lose his crown to Kipchoge

Abraham Tadesse – who broke the Swiss record last March when he clocked 2:06:40 in Seoul – is also expected, as well as former European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson.

Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, champion at the London Games four years ago, plans to instead run at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala at the national independence grounds, Kololo on March 27.

Kiprotich posted 2:13:32 in the wet and lightly rainy conditions in Rio, Brazil – failing to defend his marathon crown in the summer of last year.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the 42km race in Sambrodromo.

2017 London Marathon Elite men and Personal best times

Kenenisa Bekele (ETH)                        2:03:03
Stanley Biwott (KEN)                           2:03:51
Tesfaye Abera (ETH)                            2:04:24
Feyisa Lilesa (ETH)                              2:04:52
Abel Kirui (KEN)                                   2:05:04
Daniel Wanjiru (KEN)                          2:05:21
Tilahun Regassa (ETH)                        2:05:27
Abraham Tadesse (SUI)                       2:06:40
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (ERI)             2:07:46
Amanuel Mesel (ERI)                           2:08:17
Asefa Mengstu (ETH)                           2:08:41
Oleksandr Sitkovsky (UKR)                2:09:11
Alphonce Felix Simbu (TAN)              2:09:19
Javier Guerra (ESP)                              2:09:33
Ghebre Kibrom (ERI)                           2:09:36
Vitaliy Shafar (UKR)                             2:09:53
Michael Shelley (AUS)                          2:11:15
Chris Thompson (GBR)                        2:11:19
Bayron Piedra (ECU)                            2:14:12
Kevin Seaward (IRL)                            2:14:52
Mick Clohisey (IRL)                              2:15:11
Robbie Simpson (GBR)                        2:15:38
Ian Kimpton (GBR)                               2:15:55
Matthew Hynes (GBR)                         2:16:00
Bouabdellah Tahri (FRA)                     2:16:28
Andrew Davies (GBR)                           2:16:55
Tom Anderson (GBR)                           2:19:52
Jesús Arturo Esparza (MEX)               2:23:04
Bedan Karoki Muchiri (KEN)              Debut