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Eliud Kipchoge takes on the London Marathon

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The 40th edition of the London marathon takes place this Sunday with Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) expected to battle it out with Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41) in one of the biggest showdowns in recent times with world record holder Brigid Kosgei set to headline the women’s event. The London Marathon will be held on October 4th on a special bio-secure course with only elite athletes participating.

The marathon was initially due to take place on 26 April, but the event was pushed back six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We might also be witnessing a bit of sibling rivalry with both Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele represented by the same management team – Global Sports Communications (GSC) led by Dutchman Jos Hermens, where they will both be running in GSC’s NN Running Team colors.

The line up also includes: Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun who placed second and third respectively at the 2019 race behind Kipchoge as well as the 2018 first runners up Shura Kitata. The Kenyan flag will also be carried by Rotterdam marathon champion Marius Kipserem, Amsterdam marathon champion Vincent Kipchumba, former Toronto marathon champion Benson Kipruto and Gedion Kipketer.

Four-time Olympic Champion Mo Farah who recently switched to track is among the pacemakers in the race.

In the women’s category, defending champion Brigid Kosgei will compete alongside the 2018 champion Vivian Cheruiyot, world marathon champion Ruth Chepngetich and Valary Aiyabei.

  • Elite Women’s Race – 9:15am
  • Elite Men’s Race – 12:15pm
  • Wheelchair Races – 3:10pm

With only elite athletes participating, we just might see one of the quickest marathons!!

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