NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A former
Kenyan international long distance runner on Thursday predicted that the world
marathon record will be lowered during the Berlin Marathon scheduled for Sunday.
represented the East African country in 10,000m, said that the race will no
doubt be the “Marathon of the Year” with a world record in the offing as three
of the world’s best road runners push themselves to the limit.
Kenyans’ focus will be on Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and former
world record holder, Kipsang, the recent arrival of Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele
has thrown the spanner in the works,” Korir remarked.
Korir, who is
also the Director of Youth Development at Athletics Kenya (AK), said that
despite the entry of defending champion, Kenyans are still exuding confidence
that the world record will remain within Kenya.
world record holder, Dennis Kimetto, must be crossing his fingers that the world
mark of 2:02:57 he set in 2014 will survive the onslaught. However, I am 100
percent convinced that the mark will not survive because anything besides a new
record will be a disappointment for the athletics fraternity,” Korir remarked.
All the three
runners skipped the World Championships in London last month to prepare for
Berlin Marathon, an indication that they are all geared for the epic race.
He said that
Kipchoge starts favorite especially after the Nike Breaking2 project run in July
where he missed running sub-two hours by 24 seconds when he ran 42km in 2:00:24.
The time is
not an official world record due to some aspects to the event that led to the
time not satisfying International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)
criteria because it was run under a controlled environment.
a determined individual and his clamor to lower the world record cannot be
gainsaid. It should not be lost to people that he is the third fastest runner
with a time of 2:03:05,” Korir reiterated.
the Olympic champion said in Nairobi that he was going to the Berlin Marathon
for nothing short of a world record.
the world record of 2:03:23 during the 2013 Berlin Marathon where a total of
seven men’s world records have been broken between 1998 and 2014.
All the three
runners have won the Berlin Marathon title at one time and therefore know the
course well, although history favors the Kenyans, who out of the seven world
record holders, four belong to them.