The complete elite lists were announced on Friday for the 2019 London Marathon and Canadian marathon record holder Cam Levins was included. London is shaping up to have one of the strongest marathon fields in the race’s history.
Here are the full fields for the Men's and Women's Elite races at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.
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Levins smashed the Canadian record this October at the 2018 Toronto Waterfront Marathon and Canadian Marathon Championships, running a 2:09:25. London will only be his second marathon, but the field is very strong and could pull him to a fast finish and maybe even another Canadian record.
Levins will face world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, 2018 Chicago champion Mo Farah and 2018 London runner-up Shura Kitata. The men’s marathon will be extremely competitive. With eight men who’ve run under 2:05:00, if Levins has a good day, he could do something very special at this race.
In the women’s race, American Emily Sisson will make her marathon debut. The track-turned-road runner has running a very strong half-marathon at 1:08, flirting with Molly Huddle’s American half-marathon record of 1:07:25. Huddle is also set to run in London, along with Allie Kieffer. Both Huddle and Kieffer had strong performances at the 2018 New York City Marathon finishing fourth and seventh respectively. Sisson is set to run the Houston Half-Marathon this Sunday.
Other notable women in the field are defending champion Vivian Cheruyiot, New York champion Mary Keitany, Berlin champion Gladys Cherono and Chicago champion Brigid Kosgei. That’s a lot of talent on one start line. The London Marathon will run April 21.