NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
On Sunday, the world will wake up to one of the
greatest races in marathon history as Olympic champion Eliud
Kipchoge, the greatest runner of all time, Kenenisa Bekele, and
the former world record holder in the marathon, Wilson Kipsang
square off for the Berlin marathon title.
importance to the three athletes may not be the win, but the
chance to write history as the new marathon record holder if
anyone can run under two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds, the
time recorded by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in winning the 2015
But focus will be on
Kipchoge, who now believes the world marathon record will be
lowered down to the 2:01 mark “in one or two years”.
“I am not going to
commit to a specific year. If I were to do that I would be
putting a brake on the developments, including my own. What I
will predict, though, is that in one or two years, a time of
2:01 or 2:01:30 will become a reality,” he said.
As well as breaking
the world record, Kipchoge also wants to win a jackpot in the
World Marathon Majors races before he retires.
“Of the marathon
majors is one that inspires me. I still want to race and win in
Tokyo, Boston and New York, and I also want to take another shot
at the two-hour barrier. I learned a lot in Monza (Italy).”
time was not accepted in Italy because it was not in conformity
with the IAAF standards of organizing a marathon, he is the best
placed athlete able to shutter it in Berlin on Sunday.
However, that does
not rule out Kipsang (2:03:03) and Bekele (2:03:07) who will be
part of the congregation.
Statistics show that
in the last 15 years, the world record has been broken on the
streets of Berlin.
First it was Kenya’s
Paul Tergat who clocked 2:04:55 in 2003, Ethiopia’s Haile
Gebrselassie stopped the clock at 2:04:26 in 2007 and again in
2008 Gebrselassie clocked 2:03:59 before Patrick Makau of Kenya
lowered it to 2:03:38 in 2011.
That mark stood the
test of time for two years before another Kenyan Kipsang lowered
it further to 2:03:23 in 2013 and Dennis Kimetto claimed the
current world record of 2:02:57 in 2014. All this times were
recorded in the Germany capital.
This is proof that
the next world record will most definitely be the goal on Sunday