Bekele star attraction for marathon with Royal touch

Ethiopian elite runner, Kenenisa Bekele poses during a photocall for the men's marathon elite athletes outside Tower Bridge in central London on April 20, 2017 ahead of the upcoming London Marathon. PHOTO | DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS |

What you need to know:

  • Bekele, a three-time Olympic champion (the 10,000m in 2004 and 5,000/10,000 double in 2008), will not face either of the Kenyans who beat him home in London last year with Kipchoge setting a new race record of 2hr 03min 05sec.
  • In the women's race all eyes will be on Kenyan legend Mary Keitany bidding for a third London Marathon win after 2011 and 2012 to emulate her feat in New York.



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