- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

LONDON (AP) - The current and former world record-holders in the men’s marathon will go head-to-head for the first time in the London Marathon in April.

Race organizers announced Thursday that record-holder Dennis Kimetto will compete against defending champion and fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang on April 26.

Kimetto broke Kipsang’s world record last year, clocking 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds in winning the Berlin Marathon in September. Kipsang held the previous mark of 2:03:23, set in Berlin in 2013.

The two training partners have never faced each other over the marathon distance.

It will be Kimetto’s first appearance in the London Marathon. Kipsang, who also won in 2012, will be running London for the fourth time.

“I broke Wilson’s world record in Berlin last year and now I want his London Marathon crown,” Kimetto said. “I am relishing the chance to face my friend over the famous course.”

The 32-year-old Kipsang was crowned the 2013-2014 World Marathon Majors champion after winning the New York City Marathon last November. He broke the London course record last year when he won in 2:04:29.

“London always has the best fields but with Dennis in the lineup this year it promises to be a bruising battle,” Kipsang said. “I certainly won’t give up my title without a fight.”

The field also features other top Kenyans, including 2011 London champion Emmanuel Mutai and 2014 Chicago Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge.

Ethiopian distance great Kenenisa Bekele will be making his London Marathon debut.

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