London Marathon 2017 Odds
The London Marathon (presently known through sponsorship as the Virgin Money London Marathon) is a long-distance running event held in London, United Kingdom, part of the World Marathon Majors. The event was first run on 29 March 1981 and has been held in the spring of every year since. Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money. The most recent event was the 2016 London Marathon on 24 April 2016.
The marathon and race walk routes, which were the final part of the competition timetable and venue plan to be announced, have been created with the intention of offering both fans and athletes a “stunning sporting spectacle” with a historically-significant and picturesque backdrop.
With the men’s marathon setting off at 10:55 and the women’s beginning at 14:00, it will be the first time that an IAAF World Championships will stage two marathons back-to-back on the same day.
Those on the podium will receive their medals in front of the Tower of London where a medal stage and supporter zone will be created.
IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe said: “The local organising team in London are making excellent progress and it’s been great to see the final piece of the 2017 competition puzzle come together. “I have every confidence that the IAAF World Championships London 2017 will be an incredible event. The marathon is set to be an unbelievable spectacle within the city. The course is utterly unique and will provide an atmosphere second to none. Similarly with the race walking loop on The Mall offering multiple opportunities to watch the athletes, the final Sunday of the championships is also going to offer a very special spectator experience in central London.”
Olympic champion Jemima Sumgong will defend her London Marathon title at this year's race on 23 April.
The 32-year-old recovered from a heavy fall to win her first London crown in 2016, finishing in two hours 22 minutes 58 seconds.
Sumgong went on to make history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold.
She will go up against Ethiopia's world champion Mare Dibaba in London, along with two-time winner Mary Keitany.
"London is the marathon every runner wants to win," said Sumgong. "I can't wait to return to defend my title."
The elite line-up also includes Florence Kiplagat, the 2016 Chicago champion and half marathon world record holder, last year's Tokyo Marathon champion Helah Kiprop, plus Olympic 5,000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot who will make her marathon debut at the age of 33.
One of triathlon’s all-time greats announced plans to run the 2017 London Marathon. Four-time Ironman world champion Chrissie Wellington tweeted the news, citing the iconic April 23 race as a source of inspiration for her career in endurance sport.
Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele tops the list of world-class contenders for the men's race at the 2017 London Marathon.
Biwott, who won the second place last year, is likely to be Bekele's main rival as he leads the Kenyan challenge in the absence of two-time champion Kipchoge.
Also confirmed participants are Bekele's compatriots and Rio Olympic silver medallist and Tokyo Marathon champion Feyisa Lilesa, the 2016 Dubai and Hamburg Marathon champion Tesfaye Abera. Tilahun Regassa is aiming to make the London podium after finishing fifth and sixth in the last two years.