2014 London Marathon elite men's field announcedby Ryan on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 (2 comments)
Here's the field. Comments below.
Wilson Kipsang (KEN), 2:03:23, World-record holder
Wow. That's about all I can say. This is a loaded field. With the usual stipulations that this race is still 3 months out and the field will change before that time, right now, this looks like an amazing field. You have the world record holder, several major marathon champions, two Olympic champions, course record holders galore. Then, of course, you have the hometown hero. Assuming this field keeps its general form, this could be a great race.
Of course, this also makes me feel even more strongly that Kenenisa Bekele was wise to not run London as his debut. Look at this field and tell me where you think he'd finish. Again, assuming this field remains intact and remembering that this would be his debut marathon, I have trouble seeing a route to the top 5 for him in this kind of race. I would have pegged him around 7th or 8th in this field at best.Quote
There could be a new world record if the conditions are right and this field remains intact - especially the top seven. Especially with the prize purse that London offers.Quote
For world record prospects, it's possible that the field might need to thin out a little during, if not before, the race. If you get too many guys together when the rabbits drop off, sometimes you end up with a tactical affair. It's possible that someone (I'd be looking at Geoffrey Mutai) would decide to make an early move and that would keep the pace honest but it's far from a guarantee. It's still better to win in less than world record time than to finish second or third with a faster time.