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AbbottWMM - Olympic Games Men's Marathon Preview

2016/8/18

Kipchoge poised to claim Kenya's second marathon gold

Abbott World Marathon Majors champion Eliud Kipchoge will start as a hot favorite for Olympic gold in the Rio Games men's marathon this Sunday, when he aims to take an outright lead at the top of the Series X leaderboard.

Kipchoge produced a masterful performance in April when he smashed the Virgin Money London Marathon course record in 2:03:05, the second fastest time ever on a record legitimate course. It was the 31-year-old's sixth victory in seven marathons since 2013, a sequence that has brought him four of the best 13 times in history and saw him crowned Series IX Abbott World Marathon Majors champion.

Kipchoge now sits on top of the Series X standings with 25 points alongside this year's Boston marathon winner, Lemi Berhanu Haylu of Ethiopia, and a second victory in Rio would give him an almost unassailable lead in the 12-month, eight-race contest.

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