NAIROBI (Xinhua) — Olympic marathon champion Eliud
Kipchoge of Kenya will focus on winning in London Marathon and
not setting a world record.
The Kenyan missed out on breaking his
compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 mark in Berlin last
September owing to heavy rains and winds, but promised to return
stronger and try to break the record in future.
But he has ruled out trying to go for
the record in a star studded London Marathon in April, but
instead will focus on winning the race.
“The course in London is challenging
and with all top athletes running in London, it is important to
focus on winning and see if the record will fall within the
stride. But to go out purely fighting to break the record is not
ideal,” Kipchoge said on Wednesday from Eldoret.
Already Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele has
sounded the warning bells saying he is keen to break the world
marathon record to go with his marks over 5000m and 10,000m.
The Ethiopian told the world’s
athletics body IAAF that despite missing in his initial attempt
in Berlin in September, he is ready to try it again.
“My goal is to have that marathon
record before my retirement. I want to have that record. Of
course it is not easy. I have to try of course; if I add to
the 10 and 5, it will be special. That is my big goal,” he
He also said he would like to receive
an invite to run the London Marathon, for which Mo Farah and
Eliud Kipchoge have already been confirmed. But Kipchoge ruled
out going for the record in London.