Current And Former World Champions Go Head To Head At 2024 London Marathon

A stacked women's elite field could put the world record in jeopardy

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The 2024 London Marathon is gearing up to host an elite women’s field that could rewrite the record books. With three of the four fastest women in history set to compete, anticipation is at an all-time high for this April’s event.

Leading the charge is Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa, who stunned the world with her world-record-breaking performance at the 2023 Berlin Marathon, clocking in at 2:11:53. 

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Assefa’s feat eclipsed the previous record of fellow 2024 London Marathon competitor Brigid Kosgei. Assefa took down Kosegei’s 2019 record by nearly two minutes, setting the stage for an electrifying showdown between the two.

Joining Assefa and Kosgei is a formidable trio of competitors with the likes of Ruth Chepngetich, Peres Jepchirchir, and Yalemzerf Yehualaw. 

With such a stacked lineup, all eyes are on the possibility of breaking Mary Keitany’s women’s-only marathon record of 2:17:01, which was set at the 2017 London Marathon. Additionally, the women’s world record set last year by Tigist Assefa will most certainly be a target.

The race is not merely a competition but a quest to push the boundaries of women’s marathon running. 

Despite debates over the significance of women’s-only records, the London Marathon organizers have continuously been dedicated to fostering an environment conducive to record-breaking achievements. 

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Event Director Hugh Brasher expressed his excitement, stating, “We are in a golden age of women’s marathon running.” 

He highlighted the remarkable progress in the sport, noting that despite numerous achievements, Keitany’s record has remained unchallenged. However, with the likes of Assefa, Kosgei, and other top-tier athletes in contention, Brasher predicts that Keitany’s record is ripe for the taking.

The women’s field is brimming with talent, with a total of ten participants boasting personal bests faster than 2:17:30. 

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir, world champion Ruth Chepngetich, and former London Marathon champions Yalemzerf Yehualaw and Joyciline Jepkosgei are among the elite athletes vying for glory.

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In addition to the high stakes in the women’s race, the men’s field promises its own share of excitement. 

Reigning New York City Marathon champion Tamirat Tola leads the pack, accompanied by seasoned veterans Mosinet Geremew and Kenenisa Bekele. The British contingent, featuring Emile Cairess, Marc Scott, and Callum Hawkins, will be seeking fast times on home soil.

With anticipation building and expectations soaring, the 2024 London Marathon is set to be an unforgettable race.

Find the full elite start lists below:

Elite Women

  • Tigist Assefa (ETH) 2:11:53
  • Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:14:04
  • Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:14:18
  • Tigist Ketema (ETH) 2:16:07
  • Almaz Ayana (ETH) 2:16:22
  • Megertu Alemu (ETH) 2:17:09
  • Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 2:17:16
  • Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 2:17:23
  • Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 2:17:23
  • Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 2:17:29
  • Tsige Haileslase (ETH) 2:22:10
  • Susanna Sullivan (USA) 2:24:27
  • Manon Trapp (FRA) 2:25:48
  • Becky Briggs (GBR) 2:29:04
  • Alice Wright (GBR) 2:29:08

Elite Men

  • Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 2:01:41
  • Mosinet Geremew (ETH) 2:02:55
  • Alexander Mutiso Munyao (KEN) 2:03:11
  • Tamirat Tola (ETH) 2:03:39
  • Dawit Wolde (ETH) 2:03:48
  • Kinde Atanaw (ETH) 2:03:51
  • Leul Gebresilase (ETH) 2:04:02
  • Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 2:04:23
  • Seifu Tura (ETH) 2:04:29
  • Daniel Do Nascimento (BRA) 2:04:51
  • Addisu Gobena (ETH) 2:05:01
  • Milkesa Mengesha (ETH) 2:05:29
  • Henok Tesfay (ERI) 2:07:12
  • Emile Cairess (GBR) 2:08:07
  • Callum Hawkins (GBR) 2:08:14
  • Hassan Chahdi (FRA) 2:08:19
  • Mahamed Mahamed (GBR) 2:08:40
  • Brian Shrader (USA) 2:09:46
  • Weynay Ghebresilasie (GBR) 2:09:50
  • Marc Scott (GBR) debut
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Jessy has been active her whole life, competing in cross-country, track running, and soccer throughout her undergrad. She pivoted to road cycling after completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Nutrition from Acadia University. Jessy is currently a professional road cyclist living and training in Spain.

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