Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge returns to Hamburg Marathon, the race he made his debut in the 42km distance in German.
The world marathon record holder will be taking on top marathoners across the world on April 11th as he plots to retain his Olympic marathon title in July in Tokyo, Japan.
Kipchoge, on his debut won the title with a course record of 2:05:30.
On his official twitter account @EliudKipchoge wrote: “I am going back to the genesis of my marathon career. For me, Hamburg is where it all began. I hope to inspire many people around the world by running a great race in the streets of this wonderful city.”
The last time Kipchoge was in action was last year when he finished eighth at London Marathon.
“We want to show that we do everything we can to offer athletes a chance for a marathon. In this case it is extra special because it is a qualification for the Olympic Games,” Jos Hermens, managing director of co-organisers Global Sports Communications, said.