By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Berlin marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya
said Tueday that he will be third time lucky to break the world
record when he returns to Berlin next year.
Kipchoge, who missed
the world record by 35 seconds clicking 2:03:32 to win, said, “I
am sure about it. Absolutely, I would like to go back and try
for the world record next time. I went to break the world record
but the weather changed my plans.”
Kipchoge has run
eight marathons and won seven of them, none slower than 2:05:30.
The only marathon he lost was his second, in Berlin 2013, where
winner Kipsang set the world record of 2:03.23 to beat him.
In addition to the
Olympics, he has victories at Hamburg, Rotterdam, London,
Chicago, and Berlin. His personal best of 2:03:05, set to win
London in 2016, makes him the third-fastest person in history on
a record-eligible course.
In the Rio Olympics,
he won in 2:08.44, his slowest considering the humidity and
“I will love to rest
and see what is on offer next. But the idea of running fast is
very much in my plans,” he added.
that he can break the current world record of 2:02:57, set by
his fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014.
“Absolutely, I have
still good marathons in my legs, there’s no doubt about that,”