HENDRICK Ramaala expects the toughest challenge to come from Martin Lel when the 37-year-old lines up for his eighth New York City Marathon next Sunday.
Injured former world record holder Paul Tergat has withdrawn from the race.
Lel hasn't run a marathon since winning the London race in April last year, but the 31-year-old is a class act and Ramaala was unsure whether the rest would turn out positively or negatively for the Kenyan, who won the New York Marathon in 2003 and 2007, and has three London Marathon titles to his credit.
"Hopefully the rest will be bad for him," joked Ramaala yesterday, adding that he expected the Kenyan to control the race from the gun. "He's the man to watch. If he starts fast, we're going to have a tough race." - Sapa