NAROBI, (Xinhua) --
World marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto of
Kenya has remained defiant warning it will take more than just
talent to break his record.
Kimetto, who set the
record 2:02.57 in Berlin in 2014, was reacting to Ethiopia’s
Kenenisa Bekele claims he has what it takes to break the world
record and wants to do it soon.
Speaking on Saturday
evening ahead of the Tata Steel 25K in Kolkata, India on Sunday,
Bekele said he wants to break the world record for the marathon
before he retires.
The Ethiopian, who
already holds the world marks for 5000m and 10,00m, missed the
world record of Kimetto (2:02:57) by six seconds at the 2016
“My plan is to break
that record before I retire. I want to break marathon record
before I retire. So of course, my time is second best in the
world this time (Berlin marathon 2016) but still you know I have
capacity to run faster and in better time,” he said.
Bekele is targeting
a fast time in the 25 kilometer race in Kolkata on Sunday. The
all-time World best stands to Dennis Kimetto at 1:11:18 and
Bekele is targeting a time of 1:12 if the weather conditions are
“At the sea level it
is possible to break the world record if the conditions are not
extreme and if the pollution level is within control, then you
can breathe properly and your legs function well. Although I
have not seen the track [course] yet, I think I would set myself
a target of 1:12,” Bekele added.
Kenya will have a
strong contender in the women’s race with Helah Kiprop and
Valentine Kipketer leading the chance for gold.
Both athletes are
keen to compete at the Commonwealth Games and will be using the
race in India to gauge their endurance and speed before Kenya
names its team to the Gold Coast club games.
Interestingly in the
new IAAF Competition Rules 2018-2019 the number of events in
road racing at which World records are ratified was lowered and
15 km, 20 km, 25 km and 30 km are no longer World record events.
These rules are in
force from Nov. 1.