In Summary
  • Geremew and Wasihun pushed the legendary Kipchoge to the limits at the London Marathon.

An epic battle is in the offing when world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge takes on rival Kenenisa Bekele at the London Marathon in April.

The race organisers announced on Thursday that Bekele had confirmed his participation in the race, joining an already crowded elite field that has Kipchoge and the Ethiopian duo of Mosinet Geremew and Mule Wasihun.

Geremew and Wasihun pushed the legendary Kipchoge to the limits at the London Marathon.

Kipchoge and Bekele, the two greatest distance runners in history and the two fastest men ever over the marathon distance, will go head to head on the streets of London on April 26 in a contest the world has been waiting to see.

It will be the third time the two protagonists are facing off in London with Kipchoge, the World Marathon record holder, having won in two previous occasions in 2016 and 2018. Kipchoge also won the 2017 Berlin Marathon where Bekele failed to finish the race.

Kipchoge, the 2016 Rio Olympic champion, will be going for an unprecedented fifth title on his fifth appearance at the London streets, having won the event in a course record time of 2 hours, 02 minutes and 37 seconds last year.

Bekele will be yearning for his maiden victory in London after finishing third in 2016, second in 2017 and sixth in 2018. He lost to Kipchoge in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

Kipchoge, widely regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time, goes into the race with his chin up after becoming the first man to run a sub two-hour marathon at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge last year, clearing the course in Vienna in1:59:40.

WORLD RECORD

Kipchoge set a new World Marathon record when he won Berlin Marathon in 2:01 39 in 2018 but Bekele nealry broke the record last year on the same course. The Ethiopian great, who is the current world record holder for both the 5000m and 10000m, finished just two seconds outside Kipchoge’s world record.

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