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The struggle for supremacy between Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele at the London Marathon on October four is lower back on.London Marathon organisers validated on Thursday the race will go ahead, six months after its first scheduled date in April. The race, however, will solely characteristic elite athletes in a bio-secure environment to allow the tournament to take region amid the the novel coronavirus pandemic.It means, that the duel between Kipchoge and Bekele will take centre stage.

“Elite races for men, female and wheelchair athletes will take location on an enclosed looped direction in St James’s Park in a invulnerable biosphere (a contained safe environment like that of Formula 1 and England cricket) and times will be eligible for Olympic qualification,” match organisers said in a statement.

Originally billed as the ‘Race of the Century’, the world record-holder (2:01:39), defending champion Kipchoge will be the heavy favourite.There are few runners on the world stage that can genuinely undertaking the undisputed ‘best-ever’, however Bekele is one of them. Bekele ran a 2:01:41 at the Berlin Marathon in September 2019 – two seconds in the back of the record set by Kipchoge at the equal race a 12 months prior.

Kipchoge was additionally the first man to damage two hours for the marathon when he ran 1:59:40 in contrived stipulations in October final year, which protected using the Nike AlphaFly Shoes which has brought about World Athletics to convey in new policies for footwear.

It will be Kipchoge’s first race due to the fact that breaking two-hours, and at 35-years-old there can also not be too many greater probabilities for the jogging super to be at his best.Bekele, at 38, is Kipchoge’s senior and consequently the clock is ticking even more loudly for the Ethiopian.

In total, Kipchoge has received eight of the World Marathon Majors in 9 attempts. In fact, his worst result was once in his second appearance in a 42.2km tournament at the 2013 Berlin Marathon – in which he completed second.However, with the apparent pedigree of Bekele, a shut contest ought to well be on the cards.

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