Saturday, April 16, 2011

After injuries, Lel back for London Marathon

Martin Lel has a chance to become the first man to win four London Marathons when he laces up his shoes on Sunday.

However, he's not convinced he'll be the victor because he's been sidelined by injures the last two years.

Lel has been bothered by hip and leg injuries, and only received an invitation to the race after Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru withdrew because of a knee injury. It's the Kenyan's first London Marathon since winning his third title in 2008.

"The body is different after being out of racing for two years," said Lel, who asked organizers to let him run when his form improved. "I have told myself, 'Let me go and try.' I can only say I am happy to be here. ... I did not lose hope (because) I could feel in my training that I still have potential."