Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has been stopped pushing his pacesetters for higher speed during the race.
Eliud Kipchoge has won the London Marathon four times in 2015 (2:04:42), 2016(2:03:05), 2018(2:04:17), 2019 (2:02:37).
Around 10 runners in this lead group with Kipchoge, Mosinet Geremew, Gideon Kipketer, Shura Kitata tucked in behind the pacemakers looking comfortable. It’s a steady pace for the champion so far.
Eliud Kipchoge looks like he has asked for some injection of speed into the race. And here we go now!
Kipchoge holds the 2:01:39 world record, which Berlin Marathon champion Bekele missed by two seconds. Bekele, the second-fastest men’s marathon runner, clocked 2:01:41 in Berlin last year.
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Kipchoge is competing against fellow compatriots including Mumbai Marathon champion Gideon Kipketer, Amsterdam Marathon winner Vincent Kipchumba, Rotterdam Marathon champion Marius Kipserem and former Toronto Marathon winner Benson Kipruto.
While the Ethiopian team consists of the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships marathon silver medallist Geremew, Sisay Lemma, who finished third in Tokyo Marathon this year, Shura Kitata who was second in the 2018 London Marathon, Mule Wasihun who was third in London Marathon last year, and the 2017 Dubai Marathon champion Tamirat Tola.