The double Olympic marathon gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge is aiming to lower his world record of 2:01.39 when he lines up for his fifth Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 25.
The 37 year old world record holder’s appetite for success remains the same as it was for his first 42.2km (26.2 mile) race in Hamburg nearly a decade ago.
“I want to run a good race, be it a world record, a personal best, I want it to be it a good race,” the Kenyan told journalists on Saturday, September 17, a week before his fifth Berlin Marathon.
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Kipchoge will pound the streets of the German capital looking to push his limits further and go even faster than his world record of 2:01:39.
“I don’t think I am going to run under two hours,” he said, making reference to his historic 1:59:40 run on a specially designed course in Vienna where he became the first man to run a sub-2-hour marathon but in conditions which don’t qualify as an official world record.
“I am the best one…I am going to Berlin to run a very good race that will make everybody get inspired and love marathons.” he added.
His world record was set in Berlin in 2018 and he also won the event in 2015 and 2017. A fourth victory in Berlin would equal the achievement of Haile Gebrselassie, who won the race from 2006-09.
A total of 45,527 runners from 157 nations are set to tackle 26.2 miles on the streets of the German capital but Kipchoge is the stand-out name as he returns to one of his favourite race venues.
Kipchoge will turn 38 in November but his goal is to win an unprecedented third Olympic marathon title in Paris in 2024.
He did not run in the World Championships this summer in Eugene but his most recent marathon was at the Tokyo Marathon in March where he broke the course record with 2:02:40 – the fourth fastest time in history.
This weekend his main rival is expected to be defending champion Guye Adola. The Ethiopian won last year’s race in 2:05:45 and posted a brilliant marathon debut of 2:03:46 when runner-up to Kipchoge in Berlin in 2017.