Kipchoge to make return at London Marathon


Kipchoge to make return at London Marathon
FILE PHOTO: Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, takes part in a team building exercise during 2019 Athletes Annual Conference in Eldoret, Kenya. December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Njeri Mwangi

In Summary

  • Kipchoge, who ran one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds in a special race in October, will be seeking his fifth London title in the April 26 event
  • His barrier-breaking run in Vienna did not count as an official world record due to the use of “in and out” pacers and a moving drinks provider

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has chosen April’s London Marathon for his first race since becoming the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, organisers said on Sunday.

Kipchoge, who ran one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds in a special race in October, will be seeking his fifth London title in the April 26 event.

His barrier-breaking run in Vienna did not count as an official world record due to the use of “in and out” pacers and a moving drinks provider.

Kipchoge already holds the world record with his 2:01:39 from winning the Berlin Marathon in September 2018.

“I love running in London where the crowd support is always wonderful,” the Olympic champion said in a statement.

“Breaking the two-hour barrier in Vienna was an incredible moment. It showed that no human is limited and that is a belief that continues to drive me on to set new objectives.

“Making history in London is my next target. I am proud that I am currently the only male able-bodied athlete to have won this great race four times and that no one, male or female, has won it more than that.”

The 35-year-old is tied with Ingrid Kristiansen for the most wins in London by an able-bodied athlete. The Norwegian won four London Marathon titles between 1984 and 1988.

Kipchoge’s London titles came in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.

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