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Kipchoge going for fourth London Marathon win in 2019

Running fans can look forward to a showdown between Kipchoge and Sir Mo Farah at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April

Eliud Kipchoge has announced he will return to the Virgin Money London Marathon for a fourth time (and, hopefully, a fourth victory) in 2019. Kipchoge has won the London Marathon three times, in 2015, 2016, and 2018, and set the course record (2:03:05) in 2016. (2017 was the year Kipchoge ran 25 seconds shy of the 2-hour barrier in Nike’s Breaking 2 project in Italy.)

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Kipchoge, who broke the marathon world record last September in Berlin (and who some speculate is well over 40 years old), is showing no signs of hanging up his Vaporfly’s anytime soon. Britain’s Guardian newspaper reports Kipchoge is excited by the prospect of challenging Sir Mo Farah in London. Farah finished third at London last year, behind Kipchoge in first and Shura Kitata in second, setting a new British marathon record 2:06:21 in the process. He then went on to win the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October, setting a new European record with a time of 2:05:11.

Farah, for his part, has hinted that he may consider a return to the track after this year’s London Marathon. He has two Olympic golds in the 10,000m, as well as three world championships. He officially retired from the track after the 2017 world championships. Much will depend on how things go with the marathon in April, which is five months before the world championships in Doha, Qatar. Farah is 35.