NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Olympic Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge
has ruled out pushing for a new world record on the London
course in April.
attempt to break the world record in Berlin in September failed
by a mere 43 seconds mainly due to bad weather, will however
seek to clinch a hat-trick of titles in London having won in the
English capital in 2015 and 2016.
“Forget about the
world record,” Kipchoge told Xinhua on Thursday in Eldoret. “I
will not be going for the world record but I intend to run fast
race. Should the world record fall in pace then be it, but I am
not focused on it at the moment.”
He ran 2:03:05 in
2016 in London, the course record, to make himself the second
fastest marathon runner and was just eight seconds shy of the
world record set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57) in
Berlin in 2014.
Bekele, who ran 2:03:03 in 2016 in Berlin, will be running in
London on April 22 together with defending champion Daniel
Wanjiru, two-time world marathon champion Abel Kirui, Mo Farah
and Stanley Biwott.
“I know to complete
the marathon cycle, I need to run a world record time. Soon it
will come,” he added.
Kipchoge has won all
but one race since he moved to the marathon. He won on his debut
in Hamburg clocking 2:05:30 in 2013.
In addition to the
Olympics, he has victories at London twice, Chicago, and Berlin
twice. He also won in Monza Italy in 2:00.25.
The time is two and
a half minutes faster than the official world record of 2:02:57.
However, it doesn’t count as the world record because the event
didn’t follow two standard competition rules.