After a year’s absence, Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will be making a comeback in the 2018 London Marathon as he seeks his third victory in the event.
Kipchoge, 33, won both the 2015 and 2016 edition of the yearly marathon and will be up against Britain’s Mo Farah who pulled out as planned at the halfway mark in 2013 before finishing eighth 2014.
“It’s great he will be racing because I’m sure that will make the atmosphere more special,” said Kipchoge.
Speaking of Farah, the Kenyan said, “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 because I’m sure that will make the atmosphere more special.”
Kipchoge, a former 5,000 metres world champion, won the 2015 race just eight seconds shy of Dennis Kimetto’s world record time of 2:02:57 and although he regrets not smashing the record, he acknowledges that the situation gave him more confidence to carry on.
“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,” he said.
The 2018 London Marathon is set to for April.