2008-2009 World Marathon Majors Series resumes in April with Wanjiru and Mikitenko atop the leaderboard

The second half of the 2008-09 World Marathon Majors series

continues this spring as reigning men's champion Martin Lel of Kenya

returns to defend his Flora London Marathon title on April 26 against

one of the strongest fields ever assembled for a big city race. A head

to head showdown pits the Olympic champion and World Marathon Majors

(WMM) Series leader Sammy Wanjiru (40 points) of Kenya against his

compatriot and closest rival, the defending Flora London Marathon

champion Lel (26 points), on the streets of the British capital.

World Marathon Majors excitement kicks off six days earlier on April 20, Patriots' Day in Boston,

when former WMM Series champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya

seeks to become the first four time consecutive champion in the Boston

Marathon's 113-year history.