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Kipchoge to make London Marathon return

Eliud Kipchoge (Getty Images)
Eliud Kipchoge (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge will return to the London Marathon in 2018 after a year's absence, resuming his quest for a third victory in the event, organisers said on Thursday.

The 33-year-old Kenyan won the 2015 race and finished eight seconds outside Dennis Kimetto's world record time of 2:02:57 to triumph again 12 months later, but he did not defend his title this year after focusing on the Nike Breaking2 project.

The former 5 000m world champion's official best marathon time of 2:03:05 set in London in 2016 is the fourth-fastest in history.

He came close to the world record again in Berlin this year, clocking 2:03:32 in damp conditions.

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