2015 New York City Marathon winner Stanley Biwott will be in the elite team that will lead this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
Biwott, who was the first runner-up in 2014 and fourth in 2015, was placed second last year crossing the line in a personal best of 2:03:51.
His main rival at this year’s competition will be Ethiopian legend and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kenenisa Bekele.
Bekele moved to second on the world marathon all-time list when he won the 2016 Berlin Marathon last year in 2:03:03, missing the world record by just six seconds.
Other Kenyans in the elite pack are Abel Kirui, Daniel Wanjiru and Bedan Karoki. Kirui, who won the world marathon title in 2011 and 2013, will be back London for the first time since 2012 when he was placed fifth before going on to win the Olympic silver in the same city.
He was also the winner of the 2016 Chicago Marathon and will be spurring with Wanjiru, who lowered his personal best by almost three minutes to win last October’s Amsterdam Marathon in 2:05:21.
Karoki, a silver medallist in the World Half Marathon, was handed a wildcard in last year’s Olympics, where he managed a 10th place finish in the 10,000m distance.