Bekele and Kipchoge duel before London
The Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele and the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the two fastest marathoners in history, will coincide this April 26 at the London marathon, has confirmed this Friday the organization of the test. The four-time winner in the British capital, Kipchoge, holds the current world record with a mark of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds in the 2018 race in Berlin. Bekele, meanwhile, reached two seconds of that mark last year in the German capital and took the second best time of all time.
Bekele talked about "pending issues" Referring to the goal of getting his first victory in London and beating Kipchoge for the first time in his fifth match over the classic 42,195 km distance, after two duels in London 2016 and 2018.
Bekele, "anxious" to face Kipchoge
"I am eager to compete against Eliud once again. We have had many great battles throughout these years on the tracks, the roads and the cross country. He is a special athlete and he proved it again with his magnificent achievements last year. I feel that my victory in Berlin showed that I am still able to win the biggest races in the world and in world class times, ”Bekele explained.
Last October, Kipchoge ran 1:59:40 in Vienna to become the first man to cover the distance below two hours. However, the World Athletics did not approve the record, as it did not take place in an official race or in an approved course; In addition, the rest of the hares, which could enter and leave doing rotations, and the fact that no anti-doping control was carried out were other impediments for the chrono not to slip between the officers.
Kipchoge has won 11 of the 12 marathons in which he has participated, including the 2016 Olympic race in Rio. He only lost in his debut career in 2013 in Berlin, being second behind his compatriot Wilson Kipsang.
Yes the Kenyan never won an important track title, Bekele has eight, three in the Olympic Games and five in the World Cups, and still holds the world record of 5,000 and 10,000 meters. His best marathon moments are the victories of 2016 and 2019 in Berlin and 2014 in Paris.