Defending champions Kosgei and Kitata return for 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon
Reigning champions Brigid Kosgei (KEN) and Shura Kitata (ETH) will defend their titles at the 2021 Virgin Monday London Marathon on Sunday 3 October.
Women’s world record holder and new Olympic silver medallist Kosgei will be attempting to win her third successive Virgin Money London Marathon after victories in 2019 and at the elite-only race last year.
The Kenyan, racing again just eight weeks after the very testing conditions of the Olympic Games marathon in Sapporo, will be challenged by a star-studded list of women including reigning TCS New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) and six other women who have run under two hours and 20 minutes.
Kosgei, whose world record 2:14:04 was set at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2019, said: “It is a great feeling to be coming back, as London is one of my favourite marathons. Last year’s win was very special, particularly given what the whole world was going through – it was fantastic just to have the London Marathon organised and even more so to be the winner. I hope to arrive again in very good shape and win for the third time.”