Kipchoge re­turns to London Marathon in 2018

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Olympic cham­pion Eliud Kipchoge will re­turn to the London Marathon in 2018 af­ter a year’s ab­sence, re­sum­ing his quest for a third vic­tory in the event, or­gan­is­ers said on Thurs­day.

The 33-year-old Kenyan won the 2015 race and fin­ished eight sec­onds out­side Den­nis Kimetto’s world record time of 2:02:57 to tri­umph again 12 months later, but he did not de­fend his ti­tle this year af­ter fo­cus­ing on the Nike Break­ing2 project.

The for­mer 5 000 me­tres world cham­pion’s of­fi­cial best marathon time of 2:03:05 set in London in 2016 is the fourth-fastest in his­tory. He came close to the world record again in Ber­lin this year, clock­ing 2:03:32 in damp con­di­tions.

“I feel like I’m in good form,” Kipchoge said in a state­ment. “Ber­lin was dif­fi­cult be­cause the weather was not good but my time showed I was in the right shape. As ever with marathon run­ning, ev­ery­thing needs to come right on the day.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways tough in London so I must wait and see how well I train and what the weather will be. I know that I have the world record in me so we will have to wait and see what hap­pens.”

Kipchoge ran the quick­est recorded marathon at the Nike event in Monza in May, fin­ish­ing in 2:00:25, though that time is not an of­fi­cial world record due to as­pects of the event not sat­is­fy­ing IAAF cri­te­ria.

The Kenyan joins fel­low Olympic cham­pion Mo Farah of Bri­tain in con­firm­ing his in­ten­tion to run the London Marathon on 22 April.

“I came so close to break­ing the world record in 2016 and it is nat­u­ral for any­one in that sit­u­a­tion to think of what might have been,” Kipchoge added.

“But that race gave me the con­fi­dence to go on and win the Olympic ti­tle in Rio and run so well through­out 2017.”

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