He's not the favorite though as Ethiopia’s Sisay Lemma, who has run 2:05 this year, is running.
Kipchoge was 21-seconds faster through the half, but lost a lot of time with a "slow" 14:54 split from 30 to 35K.
Comparing to when he ran his 2:02:57 WR he claims his fitness "is the same".
This is a stacked field as it also includes Bernard Koech (2:04:53), Getu Feleke (2:05:41) and former World 10,000 bronze medalist Martin Mathathi. Plus Yuki Kawauchi.
*SPIKES Takes A Look Back At The Storied History Of THe Fukuoka Marathon Fukuoka is the third oldest marathon in Japan, having been first run in 1947. Past winners include Frank Shorter, Haile Gebrselassie and Makau.
Despite the rarity, Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto are both 6ft. There are also two elite women marathoners over 6ft.
Only once in the history of the World Championships has the WR holder won the men's marathon: 1983, when Rob de Castella ran 2:10:03 FTW and his WR was 2:08:18.
“In such competition and in such conditions, everyone is a threat. I won’t be watching Dennis only. I have to keep a close watch on everyone who is running with us.”
On records vs medals: “To win a medal is very important, but to hold the world record is very important, too. There are more medal winners than world record-holders.”
Knowing Athletics Kenya, they'll make them all run a time trial the week before Worlds to decide who goes. Hey AK, just pick your 6 and be done with it.
*Kenyan Headline: "Eliud Kipchoge And Mary Keitany Chicken Out" They apparently ruled themselves out of selection, Kipchoge citing fatigue and late notice. Boston champ Caroline Rotich and world half record holder Florence Kiplagat were also among the potential list.
A analysis of the form of the top runners at London including arm swing and Paula Radcliffe's "head bob".
"I could have won if the pain did not return because it made me drop from the leading pack to find my pace."
“Towards the last kilometre, Eliud was a bit stronger than me because I couldn’t resist the cold. Since I have less fat, it was not easy to resist such a pace in such conditions, considering I also did a lot of work to break from the group." Dennis Kimetto mentioned that at the end he started to feel pain in his previously injured knee.
Kipsang's protege and neighbor, Kimetto, broke his WR but all is good. "We are friends all the time even in the race. It’s possible to be rivals and friends. We’ll shake hands, see each other on the line and then it’s, ‘Let’s go’."
AK is investigating the two agencies run by Italian Gabriele Rosa and Dutchman Gerard van de Veen, for possible connection with the rise in Kenyan doping cases. Rosa previously represented Rita Jeptoo, Matthew Kisorio and currently has Asbel Kiprop, Eunice Sum and Janeth Jepkosgei. Van der Veen represents Dennis Kimetto, Wilson Kipsang and Geoffrey Mutai. *Discuss
*Isaiah Kiplagat Says Van der Veen Has Current Doping Cases In His Group, But Couldn't Reveal The Names While Investigations Are Ongoing There were rumors of this last week.
*AK Will Take Over Duties Of Agents Leaving Athletes Like Asbel Kiprop Rightfully Concerned Kiprop: “We don’t what to do now since we don’t have a manager. They should punish those involved individually. We need our manager to stay in Europe during Diamond League races in Italy for example, now we don’t know what to do ... One thing is the managers will not be affected. Rosa will stay in Italy and Gerard in Netherlands. It is we who will suffer."