HAMBURG Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge has predicted a tough fight during next month’s London Marathon.

Kipchoge, who will be competing in the event, said it will be the first ever race to line up top marathoners in the world. Owing to the calibre of athletes, he said it is likely to be anybody’s crown.

“The field will be a hard one to battle as all of the top stars have run under 2:05,” Kipchoge said.

The former world 5,000m champion said he will be seeking to improve on his time, having run a personal best of 2:04.05 in Berlin in 2013. “I can’t say I will win because it is a tough race but I hope to perform well,” he added.

Kipchoge made his debut in road running in the 2012 during Lille Half Marathon. Kipchoge opened 2013 season with a win at the Barcelona Half Marathon in a time of 1:4.00hrs before making his full marathon debut Hamburg, where he won in 2:05:30 hrs —beating the field by over two minutes and setting a new course record.

Same year, he competed Berlin Marathon and finished second in 2:04:05, the fifth fastest time in history, behind Wilson Kipsang, who set a new marathon world record.

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