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London Marathon winners return to defend titles in 2011

Date Posted: 16/12/10

London Marathon winners return to defend titles in 2011

The 2011 London Marathon will see Tsegaye Kebede and Liliya Shobukhova return to defend their titles.

Those booking London hotels for the event will be able to see the pair attempt to beat the rest of what is set to be a highly-competitive field.

Shobukhova led a Russian one-two in the 2010 women's race, but is expected to face her toughest challenge from 2008 and 2009 champion Irina Mikitenko, from Germany.

Bai Xue, who originates from China, will also look to spring a surprise, while Romania's Olympic champion Constantina Dita will take part in the London Marathon for a tenth time.

David Bedford, race director, said: "We certainly expect the men's course record to be under threat."

He added that the male field "rivals any of those we've put together in the last few years", while the women's competition is "undoubtedly our strongest ever".

Britain's hopes could rest with Andrew Lemoncello, who has a marathon personal best of two hours, 13 minutes and 40 seconds.

Posted by Louise Millard

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