THE 2012 Paris Marathon winner Stanley Biwott hopes to impress on his second appearance in Virgin London Marathon this April. He is among the men’s stellar-cast lineup unveiled by London Marathon race director, Hugh Brasher over the weekend in Iten.
Biwott will face stiff opposition from fellow Kenyans including world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang, London marathon record holder, Emmanuel Mutai, Boston and World Marathon Majors winner and Geoffrey Mutai. The foreign legion will be led by Marilson dos Santos, Double Olympic champion Mo Farah and Ibrahim Jeilan who will be making their marathon debut among other top road racers for the event.
Biwott made his London Marathon debut last year and despite commanding the pace for a better part of the race, he ended up eighth in 2.08.39. Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede won the race and was followed by Emmanuel Mutai.
Biwott said he is enjoying top form at the moment and has every intention of claiming the top prize
“I have prepared well for the race and I want to win this edition. I know I am ranked fifth with a time of 2.05.12 in the current field but that will count for nothing if my form is anything to go by,” Biwott said.
Apart from eying a win, his intention is to also lower his 2:05:12 personal best time he posted when he won the Paris Marathon. He targets to run sub 2:04 in London having already mastered the course and owing to his preparations.
“You know I led the race last year and I was running with an injury which made me to slow down. I could have won the race was it not for that. I have, however, recovered and I am focused on victory,” Biwott said.
He cited the double world 5,000m and 10,000m champion Mo Farah as his biggest challenger during the race. “I see Farah as a challenge in this race since he is not new in road races. However, full marathon is not something easy and I will fight hard to put him in his place,” he added.
Biwott, who trains at Kapsabe, said he will be using London event to gauge his fitness for the 2015 World Champions in Beijing, China.