The 2019 London Marathon will double up as this year’s World Para Athletics Marathon Championships, it has been announced.
It will mark the second time London has hosted the Championships after the first edition in 2015.
At this year’s race on April 28, three different medal events will be held, matching the events set to take place at next year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
They will be the men’s and women’s T12, including T11 classed athletes, the men’s T46, including T45, and the men’s and women’s T54 also featuring the T52 and T53 categories.
“London has staged top-class Para athletics marathon events for more than two decades and we are delighted to see the World Marathon Championships return to the city in 2019 following the success of the 2015 Worlds with more than 100 participants,” Haozhe Gao, the head of World Para Athletics said.
“This year’s World Championships will be of additional importance as the races will act as qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
“Fans in London will see the world’s best Para athletes in action with an extra motivation.”