Mutai to defend title at London Marathon

Updated: January 20, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya will defend his title at this year’s London Marathon as part of a stellar field that also includes compatriot and world record-holder Patrick Makau.

Four other Kenyan stars, including three-time London Marathon champion Martin Lel, will also be competing in April, eight days before the country’s selectors name their three entrants for the Olympic marathon in London on Aug. 12.

Mutai shattered the course record in 2011 by running 2 hours, 4 minutes, 40 seconds — the fourth fastest marathon ever — as Kenya secured a 1-2-3 in the men’s race.

London Marathon race director David Bedford says on Friday “with the Olympic men’s marathon due to be held here exactly 16 weeks later, we expect the battle for podium places to be even more ferocious than usual.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

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