NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya
said here Monday that he is not worried about the introduction
of Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele to the London marathon
The Kenyan, who is
eyeing to run a world record time in London, said his focus lies
in his own strength and fitness as he builds up his endurance
ahead of the marathon in London on April 22.
Kimetto holds the world record at 2:02:57 from Berlin.
“The London marathon
always attracts top-class athletes. [With these] kind of races,
you don’t expect to walk in and pick [up] the medals with ease,
it’s a fight from the start and irrespective of who will be
running alongside me, it will be a hard race to crack,” said
Bekele confirmed he
will join Mo Farah and Kipchoge in the quest for the London
However for Kipchoge,
he will be out to recapture the title he last won in 2016, after
he skipped last year’s event to focus on his failed attempt to
become the first man to run the marathon under two hours in
Kipchoge, 33, has
the greatest marathon pedigree. The Kenyan, two-time London
Marathon champion, is widely seen as the greatest marathon
runner of his generation.
He had run an
unratified marathon time of 2:00:25 in Monza, Italy and is the
reigning Olympic champion.
“This is a truly
mouth-watering prospect. Mo Farah, Kipchoge and Kenenisa are
arguably the greatest of all time and they will be here,” said
Event Director Hugh Brasher.
third in 2016 (2:06:36), and was second last year (2:05:57)
behind winner Daniel Wanjiru of Kenya, who is also returning to
London to defend his crown.
“I am thrilled to be
returning to London for the third year in a row and would love
to go one better than last year and win the race. It will be an
honour to race alongside Farah and Kipchoge as well as the other
great athletes in the field,” said Bekele.
The London Marathon
is also the conclusion of the World Marathon Majors Series XI
which started at last year’s London Marathon and includes the
major marathons of Berlin, Chicago, New York, Tokyo and Boston,
as well as the 2017 World Championships marathon.
currently joint top of the series standings thanks to his win in
the Berlin Marathon last September.