Bulut, who has raced sparingly since 2012, has apparently been caught by a radical biological passport profile. Ethiopia's Mekonnen is famous for his 2:04:32 debut as a 19-year-old at the 2014 Dubai Marathon.
*MB: Another one bites the dust? 2012 London Olympic 1500 silver/gold medalist Gamze Bulut being investigated for ABP abnormalities
There will now be six runners on the line who have won Dubai in the past. 2012 winner and CR holder Ayele Abshero (2:04:23) and then three former women's champs.
Women's field has Aberu Kebede (2:20:30) and CR holder Meselech Melkamu (2:21:01) who both think they are ready to PR.
beru Kebede (2:20:30) leads the women's field
Farah will be in the slower rabbitted group at 62:15 feeling he has a better shot at winning by picking off the people in the first group who fade. There are 6 athletes in the 61:45 group and 7 in the 62:15.
In related news, 18-year-old Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen, who ran his debut in 2:04:32 to win Dubai doesn't think Farah can win, saying, "Farah's best time for the half-marathon is just over 60 minutes. Others in the field have run around 59 minutes. He can make it in the marathon if he has prepared properly, but he is mainly a middle-distance runner."
The plan is for him to take the field through 30K on world record pace (around 1:28). It was also announced that Dubai Marathon champion, 18-year-old Tsegaye Mekonnen (who ran 2:04:32) has been added to the London field.