NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya
says he holds a crazy dream to be the fastest man in history,
which he hopes will inspire his quest to shutter the world
marathon record in Berlin on Sunday.
Kipchoge, 33, will
be racing in his 10th marathon since he graduated
from the track back in 2012. The London champion has only one
loss in his career back in 2013 against compatriot Wilson
Kipsang. He has won in Hamburg, Chicago, London, Rio (Olympics)
“It’s only a crazy
dream until you do it. Don’t be the fastest runner in the world,
but strive to be the fastest runner in history,” said Kipchoge
on Monday in Nairobi.
Kipchoge will be
running his fourth Berlin marathon on Sunday and has sounded out
world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto (2:02.57) saying he
will be focused on lowering his personal best time, which is
only eight seconds off the mark.
“Don’t ask if your
dreams are crazy. Ask if they are crazy enough,” he added. “In
Berlin the focus will be to improve on my personal best time of
2:03.05. Last year the weather was not good but I managed
strongly to finish the race,” he said.
Kipchoge said he
draws his inspiration from top sportsmen including footballer
Victory Wanyama of Tettenham, tennis star Rafael Nadal and
“I am inspired by
our own Kenyan footballer Wanyama, (Lewis) Hamilton in Formula 1
and Lebron James from basketball. Wanyama however holds a better
push in my career because in Kenya football is not at the top,
but he has worked hard to excel. They have shown where talent
and passion meets,” he said.
Kipchoge, who runs
over 40km in his long runs on daily routine, believes many
sportsmen cannot equal his endurance status and that it is what
pushes him to do well in marathon career.
“Wanyama was shocked
that I run 40km in one session. He told me in football match,
they cover about 13km. We really get knowledge from each other,
but they can’t believe that a normal human being can run 40km at
once,” he added.
Now Kipchoge hopes
the weather condition in Berlin will be favorable to him to
cruise to a new height and cement his name as a marathon legend.
“My preparation is
entirely concentrated on Berlin Marathon,” said Kipchoge, who
has won nine of the 10 marathons he has contested to date. “I am
confident I can beat my personal best on this fast course if
conditions are good.”
record-holder Wilson Kipsang will be another strong contender at
this year’s Berlin Marathon. Now 36, the Kenyan set his world
record time of 2:03:23 in Berlin in 2013 when Kipchoge finished
second, the Kenyan’s only loss in a marathon to date. Zersenay
Tadese will also be in Berlin.
The Eritrean has won
five world half-marathon titles and holds the world record for
the distance at 58:23.
eyes New York marathon
conquest after Great North run victory
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Olympic champion Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya has
warned her rivals to expect a brutal challenge when she lines up
for the New York marathon run on Nov. 4.
failed to finish the half marathon in New York in March with
breathing problems, but reaffirmed her prowess when she went on
to win in London marathon in a new personal best time.
Cheruiyot stepped up her preparations for return to New York
when she won the Great North run half marathon in Newcastle.
finished second to Mary Keitany in 2017, went one better this
year and sealed her first win since 2016, clocking 67 minutes 43
seconds ahead of Brigid Kosgei who finished second in 67:52
while Joyciline Jepkosgei completed the all-Kenyan trio,
finishing third in 68:10.
“I am happy to be a
winner and I am looking forward to return to Newcastle next
year. The race was in preparation for New York marathon, to test
myself. I now know where I am and I am going to train for my
next marathon,” Cheruiyot said on Monday.
will be up against compatriot and three time winner Mary Keitany,
Shalane Flanagan, the race defending champion and Boston
Marathon champion Des Linden.
Ethiopians and World Half Marathon champion Netsanet Gudeta and
Mamitu Daska, who finished third in New York last year.
“It is always a
pleasure to race against some of the world’s best runners
because it brings out the best in you. I know the organizers in
New York have assembled a big team of elite runners and I am
excited to return to the U.S. soil,” said Cheruiyot.
However, there will
be no love lost when Cheruiyot renew her rivalry with Keitany
after beating her in the quest for London marathon in April.
“I was disappointed
not to defend my title last year,” said Keitany. “However, I was
not 100 percent healthy and Shalane ran a strong race.”
The Kenyan who
struggled to finish the London race, after she pushed herself
too much in quest to break the world record, will be timid in
her pursuit for New York glory.