Reigning world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has snubbed the world championships set for September in Doha, Qatar instead opted to defend his Berlin marathon title set for September 29th in Germany.
After winning his fourth London marathon title last Sunday, Kipchoge became the first athlete to sign for Berlin marathon where he set his world marathon record at 2:01.39 ahead of Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang.
The Olympic Games marathon champion chose Berlin than The World Championships that will run from September 28 to October 6 in Doha.
He will be making his fifth appearance in Berlin where he made his World Marathon Majors debut in 2013 to finish second, the only time he ever lost in Marathon.
He settled second in 2:04:05 as compatriot Wilson Kipsang broke the marathon World record in 2:03:23. Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto would improve the record at the same course with a new time of 2:02:57 in 2014.