London Marathon 2015: Kipsang and Kimetto to race for first time

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Kipsang storms to London Marathon win

Defending champion Wilson Kipsang and world record holder Dennis Kimetto will go head-to-head in the 2015 London Marathon on 26 April.

Kenya's Kipsang is seeking a third title after winning in 2012 and 2014.

Compatriot Kimetto clocked two hours, two minutes 57 seconds in September's Berlin Marathon to shave 26 seconds off Kipsang's 2013 world record.

"I broke Wilson's world record in Berlin last year and now I want the London title," said Kimetto.

Men's marathon world record decade-by-decade
YearTimeAthleteCourse
19472:25.39Suh Yun-bok (Korea)Boston
19582:15.17Sergei Popov (Soviet Union)Stockholm
19692:08.33Derek Clayton (Australia)Antwerp
19882:06.50Belayneh Dinsamo (Ethiopia)Rotterdam
19992:05.42Khalid Khannouchi (Morocco)Chicago
20082:03.59Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)Berlin
20142:02.57Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)Berlin

Kipsang and Kimetto, 30, are training partners in the Kenyan town of Iten but have never faced each other over the marathon distance.

There are 10 runners in the men's field who have gone under two hours six minutes, including multiple track Olympic and world 10,000 and 5,000m champion and world record holder Kenenisa Bekele.

Emmanuel Mutai, the 2011 London winner, is also competing.

British interest includes Scott Overall, a 2012 Olympian who was fifth at the Berlin Marathon in 2011.

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