Closest Marathon In Years: Bookies Predict Closest Finish For Year!
This year's men's London marathon is one of the most open in recent memory with 2012 winner, Wilson Kipsang the 11/4 favourite to win the event, followed by Geoffrey Mutai at 7/2 with the fastest ever marathon runner, Patrick Makau at 11/2.
"Last year's London marathon was tight, but this year the betting suggests that it will be even closer. With such a strong field we can see at least eight possible winners," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
The women's event is not as close, with Olympic gold medalist Tiki Gelana, the standout 11/8 favourite. Well clear of Priscah Jeptoo at 7/2 and Edna Kiplagat.
Men's London marathon winner: 11/4 Wilson Kipsang; 7/2 Geoffrey Mutai; 11/2 Patrick Makau; 6/1 Tsegay Kebede; 10/1 Ayele Abshero; 10/1 Emmanuel Mutai; 14/1 Stephen Kiprotich, 16/1 Stanley Biwott; 20/1 Feyisa Lilesa, 33/1 Deresse Chimsa, 50/1 others
Women's London marathon winner: 11/8 Tiki Gelana; 7/2 Priscah Jeptoo; 5/1 Edna Kiplagat; 7/1 Florence Kiplagat; 12/1 Atsede Baysa; 12/1 Meselech Melkamu; 25/1 BAR