NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang has warned he is focused
on winning the Tokyo Marathon with fast time on Feb. 25.
Kipsang, a former
world record holder, said on Friday he is confident to retain
his title and improve on the course record he set in his victory
last year. Tokyo Marathon organizers have moved to have the race
run on flatter course.
“Don’t be surprised
if the world record went down in Tokyo. I have my eyes on the
target. Winning Tokyo Marathon in a flying fast time,” he said.
Kipsang, who is
training in Eldoret, set his then world record of 2:03:23 at the
2013 Berlin Marathon but his mark was shattered by compatriot
Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, who lowered it to 2:02:57 in the same
race in 2014.
Last year, Kipsang,
a bronze medalist in the 2012 London Olympics, missed out on the
world record but ran the fastest time ever on Japanese soil to
win the Tokyo Marathon in two hours, three minutes and 58
Kipsang is one of
the most accomplished marathon runners from Kenya and holds a
best time of 2:03:13, which he attained in 2016 in Berlin.
After his win in
Tokyo last year, Kipsang dropped out of the Berlin Marathon, but
recovered to finish second at the New York Marathon.
competition is Tesfaye Abera from Ethiopia whose best time is
2:04:24. There is also Feyisa Lilesa, the Olympic marathon
silver medalist and Dickson Chumba.
In the women’s race,
Helah Kiprop and Purity Rionoripo will face stiff challenges
from Ethiopians Shure Demise, Ruti Aga and Birhane Dibaba while
Anna Hahner (Germany) and Amy Cragg (USA) are also in the lineup.