London Marathon: Athletes Skeptical As Temperature Spikes, Breaking 70-year Record

Showdown on streets of London as stars clash

London Marathon: Athletes Skeptical As Temperature Spikes, Breaking 70-year Record

Another $25,000 (Sh2.5 million) will be awarded to any competitor who wins the race in a course record time (2:03:05 for the men and 2:17:42 for women) and an additional bonus of US$ 150,000 (Sh15.3 million) for a World record.

Having spent close to a decade lining up as the favourite to bag multiple world, Olympic and European titles over 5,000m and 10,000m, Farah goes into Sunday's race not even ranked in the top 10.

British marathon record holder Steve Jones, who has held that honour for almost 34 years, believes Mo Farah could break the world record one day, but first, it will be his 2:07:13 best will that will go on Sunday at the Virgin Money London Marathon. She was an inspiration and that world record is still ahead of me as a lifetime goal. "But I know this is what inspires me and in my mind there is no doubt that what will make me a legend is running a world record in the long distance", said Kipchoge.

The last time the London Marathon course produced a World Record was in 2002 when Moroccan-born Khalid Khannouchi of United States of America broke his own record in a time of 2:05:38. But he does not understand why Farah chose to stay loyal to Salazar's Nike Oregon Project training group until 2017, two years after they started to be investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency - an investigation that continues. Will it happen this Sunday? We raced against each other in Europe as well.

"He has to go in with a plan. You have to find a new challenge, something that gets you out of bed".

Now retired from the track, Farah is now based in London, having previously lived in OR, where he had been coached by Alberto Salazar, who is under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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"I have used them before and when you run with this kind of shoe with all the efficiency inside it, to recover, it's really fast", he said.

Since switching to the marathon in 2017 Farah is no longer coached by Alberto Salazar and his Nike Oregon Project, which is still under investigation by U.S. antidoping authorities. Alberto always takes things to the nth degree.

"This is a little unfair to be talking about all this when we're talking about Mo".

Twelve men in Sunday's field have run faster than Farah, with Kenenisa Bekele and Eliud Kipchoge - the second-and third-fastest men in history - among those a full 3min quicker and defending champion Daniel Wanjiru one of four with a 2:04-something to their names.

Farah, in his second London Marathon, has never been accused of any drugs offence.

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