Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge got the better of compatriot and defending champion Wilson Kipsang in a fierce battle over the closing miles to win the London Marathon by five seconds on Sunday with world record holder Dennis Kimetto third.
Athletics` world governing body has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to double the two-year doping ban handed out to Kenya`s Boston and Chicago marathon winner Rita Jeptoo, CAS said on its website (www.tas-cas.org) on Tuesday.
Around 20,000 athletes will on Sunday join Kenya`s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for the second edition of the Half Marathon which will take place on the same day as the International Women`s Day celebrations in Nairobi.
Kenenisa Bekele, world record holder over 5,000 and 10,000 metres, is aiming for Marathon gold at the 2016 Olympics, although the Ethiopian on Sunday said he could yet switch back to a shorter distance at the Rio de Janeiro games.
It was billed as a chance to transform Greece`s image abroad and boost growth but 10 years after the country hosted the world`s greatest sporting extravaganza there is little to celebrate at the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.