Eliud Kipchoge to defend London Marathon title


Winner Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge poses after crossing the finish line to win the elite men's ...
Winner Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge poses after crossing the finish line to win the elite men's race of the 2018 London Marathon in central London on April 22, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS

In Summary

  • Kenya’s world record holder and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the London Marathon this year, setting up a mouth-watering clash with Britain’s Mo Farah.
  • Kipchoge, 34, and Farah, 35, are currently joint leaders of the World Marathon Majors Series XII and could seal the title with a victory in London.

Kenya’s world record holder and defending champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the London Marathon this year, setting up a mouth-watering clash with Britain’s Mo Farah.

Kipchoge, an IAAF Athlete of the Year won the title last term in 2:04:16, beating a stellar cast that included Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata and Briton Mo Farah.

His victory last year saw him complete three wins from as many appearances at the London Marathon, finishing more than two minutes clear of European record holder Farah, who came third in his first year since retiring from the track to focus on marathon in 2017.

While Farah went on to win his maiden marathon title in Chicago, Kipchoge shattered the world record by 78 seconds as he completed the Berlin Marathon in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.

“It is always a great honor to come and race the Virgin Money London Marathon and I’m excited to be returning in 2019,” Kipchoge, who will be favorite to win his fourth London title on April 28, said in a statement.

“I had a memorable 2018, winning the Virgin Money London Marathon and then setting a new world record at the Berlin Marathon. I’m hoping that 2019 is just as good to me.

“I am looking forward to racing Sir Mo Farah again. He is a great champion and proved in Chicago that he can win a major marathon so I relish the battle with him and also the many other great athletes that I’m sure will once again be on the start line in London.”

Kipchoge, 34, and Farah, 35, are currently joint leaders of the World Marathon Majors Series XII and could seal the title with a victory in London.

“We will see two absolute legends of distance running competing over 26.2 miles of roads in the greatest marathon in the world,” London Marathon’s event director Hugh Brasher said.

“I cannot wait until Sunday 28 April to see who comes out on top.”

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