The London Marathon will award $55,000 each to the female and male champion. The race will be broadcast live at 5:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
By Christopher Chavez |
London Marathon race organizers received a lot of credit for last year’s women’s elite field that was billed as the “Fantastic Five” and the fastest women’s field ever assembled. This year’s race is no different.
Last year’s race was won by Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa, who upended the Fantastic Five, in her first run on the course. This year’s race will feature seven women that have run under 2:21 – including four that have gone under 2:20.
Olympic team spots are on the line for the Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes. The track and field governing bodies for their respective countries subjectively select the three men and three women that will represent them in Rio de Janeiro.
For Ethiopia, the women’s marathon picture looks crowded as Tirfi Tsegaye won the Dubai Marathon in 2:19:41 before finishing second in Boston on Monday. Atsede Baysa claimed the Boston Marathon crown, but it all depends on much weight the Ethiopian federation puts into a single majors victory. At least one but maybe two Ethiopian Olympians may come out of London.
Mary Keitany finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic marathon in London and may get a shot at redemption in Rio, if she can muster a top five finish in London. Since coming back from her second child, Keitany has won New York twice and finished second in last year’s London Marathon. Her 2:18:37 personal best also puts her above the rest of the competition and No. 2 all-time. The other two spots may depend on who finishes ahead or close to her on Sunday.
The London Marathon will award $55,000 each to the female and male champion.
The race will be broadcast live at 5:00 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
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