(Xinhua) -- They are not the
worst of friends, but such will be their profile when
former world record holder Wilson Kipsang takes on
Kenenisa Bekele and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge on
Sunday in the Berlin Marathon.
everything to prove after his last performance in
The 35-year old has said he does not fear Kipchoge
heading towards the Berlin Marathon.
"Respect, yes; fear, no. What Eliud has achieved over
the past years is phenomenal.
"I am talking mostly about all his victories and less
about this Breaking 2 hours project in Monza.
"His time of 2:00:25 is impressive, but I believe
that the entire setting from the flat loop course to the
alternating pacemakers to the refreshments probably made
a difference of about two minutes," Kipsang said.
"Alone when you have to pick up your own drinks, you
lose half a minute.
"If I had the same assistance, I believe I could
achieve a time like that as well," he said.
Well Sunday will provide the perfect setting for the
best marathon runners to prove their mantle.
It will be a level ground for Kipsang. But Kipchoge,
who has always battled Bekele on the track since 2003,
will be out to prove to his tormentor that he has
eclipsed his fears and deserves to be crowned the king
Kipchoge, who was paid up to 1 million U.S. dollars
to skip the London Marathon and commit himself to the
attempt to break the two hours mark in Monza, Italy in
May, said his focus is now to beat Dennis Kimetto’s
2:02:57 world record mark in Berlin.
Kipchoge is arguably the best marathoner in the world
right now and the best marathoner the world has ever
seen. He has run seven marathons and won six of them,
none slower than 2:05:30.
The only marathon he lost was his second, in Berlin
in 2014, where his compatriot Wilson Kipsang set the
world record of 2:03:23 to beat him.
But since, Kipchoge has remained unbeaten. He won in
his debut in Hamburg (2013) clocking 2:05:30.
He was second in Berlin the same year (2:04:00) and
won in Rotterdam timed at 2:05:00, in Chicago 2014 he
set a course record of 2:04:11 and the following year in
London he won in 2:04:42.
Later he claimed the Berlin title in Sept. 2015
clocking 2:04:00 and last year he set a course record on
return to London of 2:03:05.
In Rio he won the Olympic gold in 2:08:44 his slowest
considering the humidity and heat.
This shows his consistency, which is unmatched.
However, that will be put to test against Kipsang and
Bekele as well as Patrick Makau, the former world record
holder in Berlin 2:03:38 and Luke Kibet a former world
marathon champion who will all line up in the German
Capital city race.