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Posted: January 11, 2007

Athletics: London Announces Elite Men's Field

From David Monti

© 2006 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

The Flora London Marathon, part of the five-race World Marathon Majors, announced their elite men's field today. The exceptional line-up put together by race director Dave Bedford features seven of the top ten-ranked marathoners for 2006 according to Track & Field News, led by world #1 Haile Gebrselassie.

"We are delighted to have such a strong field for the men's elite race again this year," said Bedford in a media release. "The presence of the world record holder, the world and Olympic champions, our reigning champion and the in-form Haile Gebrselassie will, I am sure, mean we have another hugely exciting race through London's streets."

Gebrselassie, who won the real,- Berlin and Fukuoka Marathons last year, will be flanked by his old rival, Paul Tergat of Kenya, the world record holder; Felix Limo and Martin Lel of Kenya, who finished first and second, respectively, last year; Jaouad Gharib of Morocco, the two-time world champion, and Stefano Baldini of Italy, the reigning Olympic gold medalist. Jon Brown, the Welshman who lives in British Columbia, is the top U.K. entrant.

The compete field is below:

Paul Tergat (KEN) 2:04:55 WR
Khalid Khannouchi (USA) 2:05:38 PB
Haile Gebrselassie (ETH) 2:05:56
Felix Limo (KEN) 2:06:14
Martin Lel (KEN) 2:06:41
Hendrick Ramaala (RSA) 2:06:55
Jaouad Gharib (MAR) 2:07:02
Stefano Baldini (ITA) 2:07:22
Benson Cherono (KEN) 2:07:58
Hicham Chat (MAR) 2:07:59
Marilson Gomes dos Santos (BRA) 2:08:48
Jon Brown (GBR) 2:09:31
Meb Keflezighi (USA) 2:09:53
Juan Carlos De la Ossa (ESP) Debut

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