NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s
marathon sensation and Olympic champion, Eliud Kipchoge, on Thursday said his
eyes are still on the world record despite missing to better the mark during the
Berlin Marathon two weeks ago.
a media briefing in Nairobi that the outcome in Berlin gives him yet another
opportunity to push hard for the world record, blaming his miss to bad weather.
“I was very
difficult for the world record to fall under the inclement weather in which the
race was run. The rain stiffened the muscles and made it hard for one to give it
their all. However, I am still happy to have won the race,” Kipchoge said.
leading marathon runner entered the race as red hot favorite to win the event
with a world record to boot, but missed the mark in spite of winning the race in
a time of 2:03:32 after shaking off his last surviving Ethiopian rival, Guye
Adola, after 41 kilometers.
one of the top three marathon runners in the world who included countryman and
former world record holder, Wilson Kipsang and the second fastest marathoner,
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia who lined up for an onslaught on Kenya’s Dennis
Kimetto’s world mark that stands at 2:02:57.
“I believe in
aiming at one target at a time. If you go to the forest to hunt for rabbits,
concentrate on what took you there because if you diverge you will miss your
goal. I am yet to strategize but I am prepared to break the world record
anywhere in the world,” he said in response to questions on when he will make
the next world record-breaking attempt.
“I pushed my
body to the limit. As for now I just want to go home and relax with my family
and strategize for next year,” he added.
fastest marathoner of all time said it was a battle of wits because he did not
know how to handle the runners-up, Guye Adola because the Ethiopian was running
his debut marathon and he did not know what sort of tactics he possessed.
did not have a problem with the other runners, Adola posed a dilemma but I was
able to handle it and cross the finish line first,” he noted.