2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Diaries: it was the day before the marathon...


Throwback to 1982 when Hugh Jones crossed the finish line to win the second #LondonMarathon in a time of 2:09:24

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LONDON (GBR): Florence Kiplagat believes it is possible for a woman to run a half marathon in 62 minutes one day, informs Athletics Illustrated. "Maybe 62, but under 60 is not possible in my opinion. Only if they do it like sub-2-hour project now is trying," she said. Kiplagat is targeting a sub-2:20 clocking in the London Marathon on Sunday.
LONDON (GBR): Rio Olympian Tsegai Tewelde is looking to beat his best time of 2:12:23 in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs organisers. "I would like to get a personal best on Sunday. I'll work hard and see what's possible," he said. Tewelde has been training with Zersenay Tadese in the build-up to this year's race. With Callum Hawkins already guaranteed a place, Tewelde will also be aiming to secure one of the two remaining spots on the British marathon team for the World Championships.
LONDON (GBR): Former junior star Charlotte Purdue feels in the shape of her life heading into the London Marathon, informs organisers. "I'm pretty confident ahead of Sunday - all my sessions have been faster than October. I did one session of 5x5km that was two and a half minutes faster, but all my sessions have been about five minutes better than before London last year," she said. Purdue ran 2:30:04 in the Frankfurt Marathon last October.
LONDON (GBR): Zamzam Farah has been granted asylum in Britain and will take part in the London Marathon on Sunday, informs AP. Farah represented Somalia at the 2012 Olympics in London where she took part in the 400m but remained in Britain after receiving death threats from Islamist extremist group al-Shabab.

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