Eliud Kipchoge, the fastest London Marathon runner of all time, will be back on the course in April has he attempts to win his third London Marathon.
Eliud, 33, who is the current Olympic champion, won in 2015 and was only eight seconds away from the current world record of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds when he won again a year later. He says;
The Virgin Money London Marathon is a race that holds very special memories for me. I won it in 2015 and 2016 and both are days that I will never forget. 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. But that race gave me the confidence to go on and win the Olympic title in Rio and run so well throughout 2017.”
After his second London victory in 2016, Kipchoge went on to win the Olympic marathon in Rio and become the fastest marathoner in history when he ran 2:00:25 in an unratified race in Monza, Italy.
Kipchoge is the second star name to be added to the men’s elite field for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon after Britain’s own Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah.
Farah is following a well-trodden path from the track to the marathon, with Kipchoge by far the most successful convert of his generation. He adds
It does take time to make that switch but I’m sure Mo will be successful. It’s great he will be racing the London Marathon next year because I’m sure that will make the atmosphere even more special.”