Bet on the London Marathon with our guide to the main contenders


Posted: April 22, 2016

Updated: April 22, 2016

  It’s time to bet on the London Marathon. Betting on athletics is easy with our guide to the main contenders you ned to know for your London marathon betting.

The London marathon will be this Sunday, 24th April; if you like to bet on athletics, it might be the highlight your year! It’s Olympic year, and if you’re going to bet on the London Marathon consider that many of the runners, especially the Kenyans, are competing with the goal of qualifying for Rio. Even if you bet on sports regularly, you might not be used to betting on athletics. Don’t worry: we have a guide for the runners you need to know before you being your London Marathon betting!

Eliud Kipchonge (Kenya)

Best London Marathon odds at Betsafe Sportsbook

  • Eliud Kipchonge
    @2.75 (7/4)
  • Stanley Biwott
    @5.00 (4/1)
  • Ghirmay Ghebreslassie
    @15.00 (14/1)

Kipchonge is favourite, and for good reason. He won the race last year, in a year where he was clearly the world’s best marathoner. His fastest run of th year – 2:04:00 at the Berlin marathon – was the sixth fastest marathon of all time; and he completed it with his insoles falling out!

He hasn’t raced since September though, so who knows how his form will be. But just watch his finish last year and you won’t want to bet against him!

Wilson Kipsang (Kenya)

Kipsang set the course record in 2014, and last year his duel with Kipchonge was considered a ”clash of the titan’s, but Kipsang couldn’t handle the pace and faded in the latter stages. He’s a legend, but is he past his best?

Stanley Biwott (Kenya)

Biwott, who finished second here in 2014, and loosk to have improved his then. His victory at the New York marathon puts him right into contention, and we reckon that if Kipchonge struggles, Biwott could be right there to pounce.

Dennis Kimetto (Kenya)

He came third last year, and his time of 2:02:57 at the 2014 Berlin marathon made everyone who bet on sports in Germany and take notice. However, he’s been disappointing since then; does he have another wonder race in his legs or is he honest when he claims to be back to the same condition he was in when he set the world record?

Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia)

This is only the fourth marathon of his career, but the 5,000m and 10,000m world champ might well be best suited to this distance, according to famous trainer Renato Canavo at least. While he didn’t finish the Dubai marathon thanks to injury, but if he has fully recovered he could be an interesting contender.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritrea)


Ghebreslassie, our best outsider beton the London Marathon

The young Eritrean is our outsider pick. He surprised the world by becoming the youngest ever marathon winner at the World Championships. He was the first ever Teen to win the marathon, and first Eritrean to ever win any gold at the events!

Up against a stellar field it would be a shock if he won, but he’s shocked the world before! We say bet on Ghebreslassie to win the London marathon!

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