Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang takes on Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele on Sunday (24) at the Berlin Marathon.
The 35 year-old has said he does not fear Kipchoge heading towards the Berlin Marathon.
Respect, yes; fear, no. What Eliud has achieved over the past years is phenomenal. I am talking mostly about all his victories and less about this Breaking 2 hours project in Monza. His time of 2:00:25 is impressive, but I believe that the entire setting from the flat loop course to the alternating pacemakers to the refreshments probably made a difference of about two minutes, Kipsang said.
Alone when you have to pick up your own drinks, you lose half a minute. If I had the same assistance, I believe I could achieve a time like that as well,” he said.
Kipchoge is arguably the best marathoner in the world right now and the best marathoner the world has ever seen. He has run seven marathons and won six of them, none slower than 2:05:30.
The only marathon he lost was his second, in Berlin in 2014, where his compatriot Wilson Kipsang set the world record of 2:03:23 to beat him.
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.”
Additional : news.xinhuanet.com