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Lel aims for London treble

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Kenya's Martin Lel has confirmed he will compete in next year's London Marathon as he aims to win the race for the third time in four years.

The 29-year-old will be hard to beat, holding as he does the unique distinction of being the only person to win the New York and London Marathons in the same year.

But with the likes of Stefano Baldini and Luke Kibet in the field, he is sure to face a tough test as the runners look to hit form ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

So what do you reckon to his chances? Is he up to it, or is the competition just too good? Your thoughts and views please.

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posted Dec 11, 2007

who knows. world marathoning outside the IAAf world champs and IOC olympic games is more ridden with drug useage than pro cycling is. I actually don't care if athletes use pharma products to improve their performance(hell, water is a performance enhancing chemical). If they want to cross their DNA with that of a horse to become a centaur to win all the track events, I say have at it. I'll pay to watch that freak show.

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posted Dec 12, 2007

Not sure how much PEDs help in long distance. I've certainly don't know of any evidence to back up your statements. Perhaps you should call yourself 'speculatingsteve'.

Why has Gebrselassie not been mentioned? I would expect him to be one of the favourites.

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posted Dec 12, 2007

Apologies, was thinking this was relating to the Olympics. Will Gebrselassie not be in London?

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posted Dec 12, 2007

Let's recall the most decorated Ethiopian athelet Haile Gebreslassie to be in the field!

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posted Jan 7, 2008

man every year the london field gets better and better. i'm so excited to see hall run. the guy was impressive last year in debut, and then showed it was no fluke at the us trials.

can anyone beat lel? nah. but maybe if hendrik (ramaala) is running he can confuse the heck out of everyone with his crazy pace changes in the first half and burn the legs off them in the second :-). as for haile and wanjiru, they will both feature prominently and then slide away in the final 5 - 10 miles. my prediction is 1. lel 2 hall 3. gebre. although my personal preference would be 1. ramaala - i would love him to get the london win to go with his new york from 2004.

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posted Jan 7, 2008

I see that your headline concentrates on the few frontrunners only. What about the continuing decline of club runners / increase in percentage of charity places? I think one of Chris Brasher's initial aims was to raise the standard of British Marathon running. Sorry - I don't see that aim being adhered to by the race's admission strategy. People don't have to be capable of running sub 2:10 to be considered serious runners. I think this downward trend is sadly irreversable.

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posted Jan 7, 2008

I won't be in it this year, so the Kenyans will be heaving a big sigh of relief :-)

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