Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is relishing the challenge to face Berlin marathon champion Kenenisa Bekele in London on October 4. Speaking in Eldoret, Kipchoge said his top priority at the moment is to remain healthy and safe from the risk of contracting coronavirus.
However, he also confirmed that he has the rescheduled London marathon on his card and the duel with Bekele will be great.
“Of course, the COVID-19 has shred all plans we had preparing for the April race in London. Nut what I want to confirm is that the desire and will be run against Bekele in October is still there. The race hopefully will be in October, should the health situation improve,” Kipchoge said.
While distributing relief food to vulnerable athletes, in a joint effort with the government, Kipchoge acknowledge that the postponement of the London marathon to October was stressful.
London marathon director Hugh Brasher has confirmed that they are recalling all the elite athletes who were originally committed for this year’s race, which was due to take place on April 26.
The rescheduled race is due to take place on October 4, that means the super clash between Kipchoge and Bekele should be possible if traveling restrictions imposed by government to fight coronavirus are lifted and international air transport resumes.
In Berlin, where Kipchoge had set a world record of 2:01:39, Ethiopia’s Bekele rose up to the challenge and was only two seconds off the world record clocking 2:01:41.
Bekele’s marathon career has been hindered by various injuries, but his close shave to the record has shown he is the man capable to challenge Kipchoge.