Kenyan Lawrence Cherono and Ethiopian Lelisa Dedisa will renew their marathon rivalry when they face off at the 2020 Boston Marathon in April.

Cherono, the reigning champion, beat Dedisa by two seconds this year to claim the title but the Ethiopian will return to Massachusetts’ capital with vengeance written all over is face when the pair line up on the roads on April 20.

For Cherono, he will be going for a record ninth career marathon title and he knows that he must do better to retain his title in the race that has also attracted the 2017 champion Kenya’s Godfrey Kirui and Japan’s Yuki Kawuchi who stunned the world by winning the 2018 edition.

“I enjoyed every mile of this race and did my absolute best to hang on to the end and become part of the elite family to have won the most prestigious race in the world,” Cherono said after he was confirmed by the organizers as one of the elite athletes for the next edition.

Successwise, Cherono is way ahead of Dedisa who boasts of only five career titles.

The women’s category will be equally competitive with both Edna Kiplagat, and Worknesh Degefa, Caroline Rotich all on the start list.

Kenyan Kiplagat, a two-time World champion, will be going for her second Boston title that she last won in 2017.

But apart from  Ethiopian Degefa and compatriot Rotich to worry about, Kiplagat will also be warry of American and three time olympian Des Linden in the challenge for  $150,000 prize money for the fastest man and woman in the race.