The double Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000 meters champion
will race over 26.2 miles for the first time and will also be up
against Kenya's world record holder Wilson Kipsang, last year's
winner Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai who
set a course record in 2011.
Farah ran the first half of the London race in 2013 in an
attempt to get up to speed with the course and competition.
"I gained a lot of valuable experience running part of the
course alongside the top guys last year and can't wait to race
the full distance in April," the 30-year-old told the London
"I had another great year on the track in 2013, but the marathon
is my main focus this year. As a young boy growing up in London
it has always been my ambition to run the London Marathon and to
be able to make my marathon debut in my home town is very
special," Farah continued.
One man who Farah will not be up against is Kenenisa Bekele who
is expected to make his first marathon appearance in Paris the
Ethiopia's Bekele narrowly defeated Farah in the Great North Run
half marathon in September but his appearance in France rules
out a sub plot in London between the two rivals.
(Reporting by Mark Young; editing by Justin Palmer)
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