Dennis Kimetto is the first runner to run under 2:03:00 for the classic distance when he race was is still the world record of 2:02:57 at the Berlin Marathon 2014 – will be making to resurrect his reputation in the Colombian capital after a torrid 12 months since failing to finish the marathon at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.
Having not been selected for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he will have a point to prove ahead barely two weeks before the Olympic athletics programme gets underway.
Taking into consideration his modest recent form, Kimetto is far from the favourite in Bogota and, instead, that role is occupied by Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma.
Lemma clocked a personal best of 2:05:16 when finishing fourth at the Dubai Marathon and although his next outing, finishing seventh in the London Marathon in 2:10:45, was not quite as auspicious, he has not raced since and could have put in a good period of very solid training in preparation for this race.
Kenya’s Marius Kipserem has also run impressively over the marathon distance this year, winning in Rotterdam in a personal best of 2:06:11 and although his half marathon best is a relatively modest 1:02:17, that was run at altitude in Nairobi and if he is in that sort of form, he could also challenge the course record of 1:02:20, set by his compatriot Geoffrey Mutai in 2011 shortly after his famous win in the Boston Marathon in 2:03:02.
Tadese Tola, the 2013 world championships marathon bronze medallist, was second in Bogota 12 months ago and returns to the race but he has not run internationally since then and so his form is far from certain.
Another man familiar with the race is Kenya’s Issac Macharia, who won three consecutive editions from 2007 to 2009, but has not been in the sort of form that took him to the hat-trick of victories for several years and his last international outing was when he failed to finished the Fukuoka Marathon last December.
IAAF -- OmRiyadat