The anticipated Virgin Money London Marathon race has stirred jitters between Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele.
The duo is expected to race on Sunday, and people have mixed feelings that the world record might be broke amongst them.
The two have shown an impossibility of knowing who will win the race.
People are in the quest and are posing questions such as, can Kenenisa Bekele dethrone marathon king Eliud Kipchoge in the 2020 London Marathon Elite-only race?
This was drawn from the previous races they ran in Berlin. Bekele missed the two-second mark to beat Kipchoge’s mark.
Just two weeks before Kipchoge’s historic sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna, Bekele won the Berlin Marathon in 2:01:41, two seconds outside his rival’s world record set at the same race 12 months previously.
Before leaving on Sunday, in a special interview with the Nation Paper, Kipchoge stated that he is feeling good and his ready to represent his country.
“I am feeling good having trained for the last three months, and now I am waiting for the big day. I have already taken a Covid-19 test where I have been cleared and have tested negative. I am eager to go and represent my country in the London Marathon.” He said.
He further added that above all, he needs to show people that even in times of uncertainty, one needs to aim high, to focus, and achieve their goals.
On the other hand, Beleke stated that he does not know for sure what the pace will be on Sunday, but he knows it will be quick. It always is in London.
“The pace will be going fast at halfway,” Bekele said. “It’s normal, you know. I’ve never seen the pace slow down, especially in the London Marathon, especially when Kipchoge was there.”
The race will be run over 19 laps of a closed course, screened from public view, as part of Covid-19 measures.
The mass participation element of the race will be running virtually with only the elite fields gathering in London.
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