NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Tokyo
marathon champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya might have missed the world record
last week, but his performance has inspired him to dream of returning to Japan
to compete at the 2020 Olympics.
old will not allow age to curtail his progress and remained adamant he will have
what it takes to compete for Kenya in three years’ time and probably win that
elusive Olympic gold that he yearns to have in his collection.
2012, Kipsang was strong enough to win bronze, but was overlooked in the 2016
Rio Olympics after failing to make an impact at the 2015 Beijing World
Championships. But he has reenergized his career winning in Tokyo and claiming
silver in Berlin and London in his last three performances.
“I hope to
compete in Japan at the 2020 Olympics,” he said. “It is a long way, but it is
something I want to do.”
the Tokyo marathon course record with 2:03:58, after his attempt to reclaim his
WR title from countrymate Dennis Kimetto currently with 2:02:57.
equipment manufacturing giant Nike is on a project to sponsor elite runners to
be the first to break the two-hour barrier in the marathon. Though Tokyo was not
the place for that project, it shows clearly that Kipsang had intent to smash
however, is hopeful after his performance in Tokyo, Kenya selectors will
consider him for the ticket to London World Championships in August where he
intends to fulfill what he failed to do in Beijing two years ago.
“I hope to
make the Kenya team to London, but that is not entirely upon me. The selectors
will do their job and see who is fit enough for the assignment,” he said.
Kipsang is a
former world record holder in the marathon. His 2:03:23 at the 2013 Berlin
marathon took 15 seconds off the previous record set by Patrick Makau in Berlin
two years prior.