Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai and Ethiopia’s Aselefech Mergia have been added to the men’s and women’s elite fields for the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26 April, organisers for the IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced on Monday (16).
The pair are the two most prominent names in a second wave of athletes signed up for the London Marathon’s 35th anniversary races.
Lemi Berhanu upsets fellow-Ethiopian stars in Dubai, thrilling comeback victory for Aselefech MergiaWritten by Super User
Lemi Berhanu is the unexpected champion of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon. It was not a debutant’s triumph as in the past three years but it was definitely a spectacular surprise. With the triple Dubai champion Haile Gebrselassie on duty as part of the commentary team for international TV coverage his fellow Ethiopian Berhanu left some of the biggest names in long distance running trailing. In fine but relatively warm weather conditions the 20 year-old clocked a world leading time of 2:05:28. Lelisa Desisa, the Dubai and Boston Marathon Champion of 2013, took second in 2:05:52 while Deribe Robi completed the all Ethiopian podium with a time of 2:06:06. Ethiopia’s superstar Kenenisa Bekele dropped out beyond the 30 k mark, appearing to suffer from a leg injury.
The combined winners of 85 global marathons will seek to win the coveted Boston Marathon title at April's 119th running of the historic race. The elite field includes Meb Keflezighi, Lelisa Desisa, Wesley Korir, Sharon Cherop and Caroline Kilel. - BOSTON (January 20, 2015) —In its 30th year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the elite field for the 119th running of the Boston Marathon on April 20. A complete field list follows.
HOUSTON (January 18, 2015) - Near-perfect conditions yielded speedy performances Sunday at the 43rd Chevron Houston Marathon as Yebrgual Arage ran the second fastest time ever by a woman at Houston and Birhanu Gedefa outkicked Gebo Burka to take the men's race. It was the seventh straight sweep of the titles by Ethiopia.