Fearnley is back in the race

Kurt Fearnley is back in the race to defend his London Marathon men's wheelchair title on Sunday.

The reigning champion and course record holder was devastated yesterday when he was forced to withdraw from the event after it appeared that he had failed to get a flight from his home in Australia in time to compete on Sunday.

But as soon as British airspace re-opened on Tuesday night he and the marathon organisers began searching for an available place on a flight and the Paralympic champion will now arrive in London on Friday morning.

Fearnley will defend the title against Britain's four-time champion David Weir as well as Ernst van Dyk, the South African who won the Boston Marathon on Monday. Van Dyk is travelling to London along with a number of other Boston competitors who are also due to arrive on Friday.

Fearnley's reappearance on the start list means that the men's elite wheelchair field is missing only the US-based athletes Krige Schabort and Adam Bleakney, while Australian Christie Dawes has withdrawn from the women's race.