Lead­ing con­tenders in Chicago to­day

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Mo Farah, aged 35 Great Bri­tain PB: 2hr 6min 21sec

Eas­ily the most ac­com­plished man on the track, Farah is only the eighth fastest ath­lete in the field, although he was very im­pres­sive in Lon­don this year, fin­ish­ing third, and is tar­get­ing the Euro­pean record here.

Galen Rupp, 32, United States PB: 2-06-07

The Amer­i­can tri­umphed over an eas­ier field to win this race last year and has shown the marathon suits him bet­ter than the track. His build-up has been ham­pered by an Achilles is­sue.

Ge­of­frey Kirui, 25, Kenya PB: 2-06-27

Younger than most of his ri­vals, Kirui won the world ti­tle last year and also claimed vic­tory in Bos­ton. His per­sonal best is not that quick, but his po­ten­tial means he is many peo­ple’s favourite.

Mosinet Gere­mew, 26, Ethiopia PB: 2-04-00

Gere­mew is the fastest man in the field af­ter win­ning a su­per-quick Dubai Marathon in Jan­uary. He has ex­celled over the half­marathon dis­tance.

Birhanu Legese, 24 Ethiopia PB: 2-04-15

The youngest ath­lete in the elite field, Legese pro­duced the third-fastest de­but marathon in his­tory in Dubai this year be­hind Gere­mew. This is only his sec­ond marathon.

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