Kipchoge buoyant ahead of London marathon

By robert kibet
Mar 02, 2015
  • Eliud Kipchoge is preparing for the 2015 London marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge, winner of 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon is not leaving anything to chance as he eyes a medal at this year’s London Marathon.

The 31-year old Kapsisiywa-born, Nandi County long distance runner who mastered the track for a decade before crossing to road running has been training at the Kaptagat-based Global Sports Club for the April 26 race.

Kipchoge is buoyant that despite the marathon attracting big names with fastest road running times, he is ready to prove his ability and experience having run track until he matured for the road runs, which has seen him become the next big man in marathons.

He will be facing current World Marathon record-holder Dennis Kimeto who clocked 2.02.37 to take 26 seconds off the record Wilson Kipsang, set in Berlin Marathon in 2013.

“I respect my competitors such like Kimetto, Kipsang(Geoffrey), Emanuel(Mutai)and Geoffrey Mutai, Bekele (Ethiopia) and marathoners from north America,” said Kipchoge, adding whoever will win the race will definitely indicate that he was well prepared for the battle.

Kipchoge, in 2014, had a great time pounding the streets of the aptly named Windy City in 2.04.11 to win the Chicago Marathon, with Sammy Kitwara finishing second in a well-run personal best of 2.04.28.

Apart from a strong contingent of strong elite marathon squad including the 2011 London champion Emmanuel Mutai, who ran the second quickest time ever finishing as the runner-up to Kimetto in Berlin, last year.

He will also take on Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele whom he beat to fourth place at the Chicago Marathon.

Bekele, the 5000m and 10,000m record holder and three-time Olympic champion will also be making his London Marathon debut, making the race his fourth marathon since he graduated from track to road running.