BOXSCORE: NAIROBI (August 17, 2021) – A week after retaining his Olympic title, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge has opted to skip the London Marathon and rather go for Berlin Marathon.
Speaking in Nairobi from Tokyo Japan Kipchoge explained that he is going to take a rest as he prepares to defend his title for the Berlin Marathon which he won in 2019 where he registered a new world record.
The London Marathon is scheduled for October 3, 2021, while Berlin will take place on September 26th.
Kipchoge’s last participation in the London Marathon was last year in 2020 when he finished eighth as clocking 2:06.49.
The 36-year-old multiple marathon winner is a four-time London winner taking first in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019.
The 2018 Berlin Marathon is Kipchoge’s last participation in the Berlin Marathon setting a world marathon record clocking 2:01:39. He has also competed and won the 2017 and 2018 editions.
However, the Berlin race is expected to produce the best out of the Marathon’s GOAT especially after Ethiopia and world athletics superstar Kenenisa Bekele announced that he will participate in the 26th September marathon showcase in Berlin.
Bekele will be seeking his third Berlin Marathon victory following his success in 2016 and 2019 where he came within two seconds of Eliud Kipchoge’s world record.
The race is shaping up to be a mouth-watering event between the two world top marathon runners as marathon enthusiasts wait to end the year with another big race.