Eliud Kipchoge set the fastest course record for the London Marathon in 2019. (Instagram/Eliud Kipchoge)

The world’s fastest human to run a sub-2 marathon and the official fastest marathon in history has announced that he will be attempting to set a new course record at the London Marathon in 2020.

Eliud Kipchoge holds the current world marathon record at 2:01:39, since setting it at the Berlin Marathon 2018. The Kenyan is also the current men’s course record holder in London, which is the second fastest marathon in history at 2:02:37 which he set last April. The marathon is run over a largely flat course around the River Thames in London.

On 12 October, Eliud ran a sub-2 marathon distance in Austria as part of INEOS 1:59 Challenge. That effort was carried out “to inspire others to believe they can overcome their own personal barriers. He believes that #NoHumanIsLimited”. However, the feat was not officially recorded in the marathon books because it included, among others, the use of in-and-out pacers as well as nutrition on-the-go. London Marathon would be Eliud Kipchoge’s return to official marathon competition.

“I want to try to run a course record for London next year but it is still early to say anything”, said the world marathon record holder.