By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI
(Xinhua) -- Olympic champion and Kenyan
marathon king Eliud Kipchoge has promised a ‘beautiful race’ when he
lines up for the Sep. 24 BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany.
The announcement that the two-time London winner will be in the
elite men’s field has raised the real prospect of a spirited assault
at the 2:02:57 world record held by compatriot Dennis Kimetto that
was set at the same course in 2014.
"Hallo Berlin Marathon organisers, hallo my fans?
"I’m happy to be announced as a participant of the Berlin race.
"I’m happy to participate and trust that I will run a beautiful
race," the 33-year-old Kipchoge said on Thursday.
The Rio 2016 champion raced over two minutes faster than
Kimetto’s record when he stopped the clock 2:00:25 in Monza in May.
However, the mark achieved at the Nike Breaking2 event does not
qualify as a world record because of the use of various techniques
not sanctioned by world governing body, the IAAF.
"I was very close to breaking the two hour barrier in Monza.
"Now I believe the BMW Berlin Marathon is the perfect venue for
attacking the official World Record," the Rio 2016 champion told the
marathon’ s website.
In 2015, he came close to matching of bettering Kimetto’s
standard set at the same Berlin course but loose insoles of his
specially prepared Nike shoes blew his bid.
However, he went on to the World Marathon Majors race in 2:04:00
that topped the world list at the time.
Last year, Kipchoge was only eight seconds slower than Kimetto at
the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon.
A few months later he dominated his rivals to win the Olympic
title in Rio to become the second Kenyan after the late Samuel
Wanjiru (2008) to win the men’s classic distance title at the
biggest sporting carnival on earth.