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World record in sight for Kenya marathon king Eliud Kipchoge

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.

 

             

 

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