Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will
make return to the road race circuit at the 2017 Berlin Marathon
in September having come agonisingly close to breaking the
two-hour barrier at Monza in May.
The 32-year-old opted out of defending his title at the
London Marathon in April and will also miss the August world
championships in London after focussing on the Nike Breaking2
Kipchoge ran the quickest recorded marathon time at Monza,
crossing the line in two hours and 24 seconds, though his time
is not an official world record due to aspects of the event not
satisfying IAAF criteria.
He will be joined on the start line in Berlin by compatriot
Wilson Kipsang, who broke the official world record there in
The last six men’s world records have been set at the
pancake-flat course in the German capital, including the current
mark of 2:02:57 by Dennis Kimetto in 2014.
Kipchoge is a former 5,000 metres world champion and his
official best marathon time of 2:03:05 set in London last year
is the fourth-fastest in history.
In the women’s field, defending champion Aberu Kebede of
Ethiopia will be joined by compatriots Amane Beriso, Gulume
Tollesa and Meseret Mengistu. Gladys Cherono, the 2015 winner,
will feature alongside fellow Kenyan Valary Aiyabei.