Former World marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya seeks to stage a surprise in his quest to win in Berlin and possibly set a new world mark in marathon.
It will be the third time Kipsang is returning to the German capital aiming to leave another mark on the Berlin marathon on Sept.24.
Kipsang said, “I enjoy running in Berlin and I am doing everything right so as to be in top shape and try and win the race. The world record will then have to fall in just by itself.”
In 2013, he broke the world record clocking 2:03.23 taking 15 seconds off the time set on the same course by his compatriot Patrick Makau (2:03:38).
However, Kipsang’s record was shattered a year later by Dennis Kimetto became the first man to run under two hours and three minutes (2:02.57).
Haile Gebreselassie and Paul Tergat also broke the world record in Berlin.
Last year, Kipsang ran 10 seconds faster than his world record but it was only good enough for second place behind Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, who missed breaking Kimetto’s world record by just six seconds.
Kipsang will face one of his fiercest rivals in marathon — current World No.1 Eliud Kipchoge on the start line.
Source : gulftoday.ae