A great profile by Sarah Barker.
Bekele beat Wilson Kipsang (28:15) and David McNeill (28:39) while Edna Kiplagat was runner-up for the women in 31:25.
*BBC Flash Results Article to come.
After time away to have a baby, Dibaba will run her first race since winning here 2-years ago. She'll face two-time World marathon champ Edna Kiplagat and Euro XC champ Gemma Steel.
"My talent is being wasted. I don't have any motivation. Shobukhova and Jeptoo have been suspended but I have not been paid what was due to me."
She even talks about breaking 2:19:50 if the weather is good. No way is that happening in Beijing in August.
Knowing Athletics Kenya, they'll make them all run a time trial the week before Worlds to decide who goes. Hey AK, just pick your 6 and be done with it.
*Kenyan Headline: "Eliud Kipchoge And Mary Keitany Chicken Out" They apparently ruled themselves out of selection, Kipchoge citing fatigue and late notice. Boston champ Caroline Rotich and world half record holder Florence Kiplagat were also among the potential list.
Half WR holder Florence Kiplagat says her focus is on winning rather than time.
The article came out on the 31st so we assume it wasn't April Fools? Kiplagat: "With former and current half-marathon world record holders and three London Marathon champions in the race this year, the world record is very possible with proper pace setting and conducive weather."
2-time world champ Edna Kiplagat: "I hope the [ban] will deter Kenyan athletes to stop taking shortcuts. It will be a lesson for others. It's unfortunate since nobody wants anyone to be banned. If you take something like EPO, which is injected as a professional athlete, it is obvious you know what you are putting in your body."
*MB: Justice: Rita Jeptoo gets 2 year ban from Atheltics Kenya
Mercy Cherono was also supposed to race, but wasn't mentioned in the article.
Kilagat: "The course is tough and the competition stiffer, but am not a weakling and will take my battle to them and see how fast we can go. I want to win in New York"
Kiplagat beat Caroline Kilel by 56-seconds with Olympic champ Tiki Gelana way back in 3rd (70:37). South Africa's Stephen Mokoka won the men's race in 1:01:25 over Kenya's Stephen Chemlany (1:01:32) and Mark Kiptoo (1:01:35). Haile Gebrselassie dropped out after only 5K saying he had problems with his asthma.
Geb will face the Commonwealth Games gold and silver medalists in Australia's Michael Shelley and Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany as well as South Africa's Stephen Mokoka and 2:06 marathoner Mark Kiptoo. Olympic marathon champ Tiki Gelana faces Edna Kiplagat on the women's side.