Former World marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang of seeks to stage a surprise in his quest to win in Berlin and possibly set a new world record in marathon.
This will be his third time that Kipsang is returning to the German capital aiming to leave another mark at the Berlin marathon that will be held on September 24.
Through his twitter media account Kipsang said, ““Am better placed than anyone else to break the world record. I have done it before and believe I am able to do it again”
The 35 year-old has been training in Iten specifically to bring the world honors back. He will face off at Berlin with his fellow country mate Eliud Kipchoge who is also aiming to break the world record
Kipchoge’s who is the youngest of the two vowed his intention is to break the world marathon record of his compatriot Dennis Kimetto, which the latter achieved in Berlin in 2014 with his time of 2:02:57.
Kipchoge had a kind of “lab test” at the beginning of May when he ran 2:00:25, the fastest time ever for the marathon distance, on the Formula One circuit of Monza in Italy. But this feat was achieved with the help of a team of substitute pacemakers who also formed a wind shield from start to finish.
Another title threat to the two Kenyans is the 35 year-old Kenenisa Bekele who set a 2:03:03 personal best in winning the title and missed the world record by a mere six seconds. Kipsang had pushed the pace during the second half of the race and didn’t have the strength to counter the fast-finishing Ethiopian over the last two kilometres.
Bekele is regarded as one of the best runners of all time and holds the world records for the 5,000 metres and 10,000 metres distances. Bekele has won five World Championship and 11 World Cross Country titles.
Mark Milde, race director of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON since 1999 whose duties include recruiting the elite field, is delighted at this summit meeting of such distance running talent: “It’s a dream match-up. It’s not often that the three strongest marathon men in the world race each other. As organizers we are crossing our fingers for good weather and thrilling competition.”