• Mo Farah Will Run London Half Marathon Despite the Attacks in Boston
London Marathon organisers say that the double London Olympic champion Mo Farah and the rest of the athletes will line up on Sunday (21), despite fears that the attacks in Boston could result of a withdrawal of many elite athletes.
London Marathon hosts more than 37,000 runners from all over the globe and has around half a million spectators that gather along side the streets to support the participants. Nick Bitel, the London Marathon chief executive, told (telegraph.co.uk) that there is no significant numbers of runners that have withdrawn from the race due to attack in Boston.
Pace assures Mo Farah participation in Half Marathon on Sunday."We're confident in the arrangements that are being put in place, so we don't see any reason why we would pull anyone out," said a spokesman for Farah's management company Pace. "We'll just have to be guided by the organisers over the next few days."
Paula Radcliffe the women's marathon world record holder urges people to be alert.
"A lot will depend on people's vigilance and being aware what is going on around them," Radcliffe told BBC Sports. "I'm confident in the race organisers and the Met Police and they won't let it go ahead unless they are satisfied. But over 26 miles, you can't guarantee everything."
"It's a horrible situation to be be in where you are looking at the people around you with suspicion." She added.
Elite athletes in London Marathon
Mo Farah the London Olympics 5,000m and 10,000 m champion will line up to run half marathon race on Sunday. The men's marathon race race will feature Olympic gold medallist, Stephen Kiprotich, defending London champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Patrick Makau. The women's race will see Olympic champion Tiki Gelana, silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo and world champion Edna Kiplagat.