World record times possible at London Marathon if rain stays away

  • Race director Hugh Brasher says St James’s Park route is fast
  • Degitu Azimeraw will miss event after testing positive for Covid

The London Marathon race director, Hugh Brasher, has said he is “doing the opposite of a rain dance” before the rescheduled event on Sunday because he believes world records could fall on the lightning fast course if conditions permit.

Brasher’s comments came after he announced that the fourth-fastest woman in the race, the emerging Ethiopian star Degitu Azimeraw, had been forced to withdraw after failing a Covid-19 test, along with the Ethiopian coach Haji Adilo.

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