Olympic stars return to London

All three medallists from the men's marathon at the 2012 Olympics will do battle again in this year's Virgin London Marathon.

Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich, the surprise gold medallist last summer, will take on silver medallist and world champion Abel Kirui of Kenya and bronze medallist Wilson Kipsang on Sunday, April 21.

The race will include 11 men who have completed the distance in under two hours and six minutes, as well as the winners of the 2012 Berlin, Chicago, London, Frankfurt and Dubai marathons.

Kenya's Kipsang won the London Marathon last April, missing out on the course record by just four seconds, but will face stiff competition from the likes of compatriot Patrick Makau, the world record holder.

British pair Scott Overall and Tomas Abyu are unlikely to challenge for the win, but will be looking to secure personal bests on the fast course.

Race director Hugh Brasher said: "We're delighted to welcome all three medallists from the London 2012 Olympic Marathon to this year's Virgin London Marathon.

"The Olympic stars will line up alongside the world's best distance runners in what promises to be a remarkable battle between the strongest men's field ever assembled for a marathon."

The women's race also features the Olympic champion in Ethiopia's Tiki Gelana, along with the Kenyan trio of Florence Kiplagat, world champion Edna Kiplagat and Priscah Jeptoo.

Britain's Freya Ross will be hoping to improve on her 44th place from the Olympics, while former European indoor 3,000m champion Helen Clitheroe will make her marathon debut.