By Kimathi Kamau NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
One of the millions around the world who tuned
in for the Floyd Mayweather versus Colin McGregor Aug. 26
boxing super fight was Olympic champion and Kenyan marathon
running super star Eliud Kipchoge.
London and 2015 Berlin winner was inspired by the display of
the unbeaten American who retired at 50-0 with a 10th
round victory over Mixed Martial Arts star McGregor that he is
out to be the ‘Mayweather of marathon’.
On Sep. 24,
Kipchoge will line-up against compatriot and former record
holder, Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopian great, Kenenisa Bekele in
Berlin in his bid to attack the 2:02:57 official standard over
the ultimate distance set at the same race by another Kenyan,
journalists in Nairobi on Thursday, Kipchoge underlined his
resolve to own the world record having run the fastest ever
marathon earlier this year, at the Nike Breaking2 run in the
controlled setting of pacing and drafting on a Formula One
racecourse in Monza, Italy, outside Milan on May 6.
World body, the
IAAF rules of eligibility meant the time is not recognised as
a world record and having come close to breaking Kimetto’s
mark in 2015, Kipchoge believes now is the time to add his
name to the illustrious list of marathon record holders.
“About three weeks
ago we had a big fight in Las Vegas between Mayweather and
McGregor but there was only one winner, that is Mayweather.
So, between the three of us there will be only one winner,”
the philosophical athlete told a local website.
“I don’t know but
I will be among the three,” the twice London winner said when
asked whether he would be the ‘Mayweather’ of the day.
Kipchoge signed a
one-year deal to be the ambassador of Japanese car maker,
Isuzu D-Max brand, worth 68,000 U.S. dollars where he was
presented with a new model of the truck for his training and
And should he, as
expected, smash the world record, Kipchoge will receive a
luxury double cabin truck valued at 57,365.09 dollars from the
“This is a boost
in my journey to the world record and mentally, it is a good
thing for me looking ahead to Berlin. Some percentage of my
work is done because of this incentive,” the Athens 2004
bronze and Beijing 2008 silver winner at the Olympics in 5000m
Kipchoge has won
seven out of his eight career marathons thus far, his only
defeat coming in 2013 when he ran 2:04:05 to trail Kipsang
where it took a then world record of 2:03:23 to relegate him
At 2015 Berlin
Marathon, he was inside the world record but the in-soles of
his custom made running shoes popped out slowing his final
assault but he still came home victorious in 2:04:00 that was
the fastest time of the year.
victories at the distance came in Rotterdam (2013), Chicago
(2014), London (2015 and 16) and the Rio Olympics last summer.