Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge is not yet done with breaking the world record as he aims to set a new one in the coming athletics season.
After a failed attempt at the Berlin Marathon, Kipchoge said the world record is within his reach and will go for it in the new season.
“I will keep training as hard as I can. I will keep pushing the boundaries as hard as I can. A world record is still within me, it’s still somewhere in my feet,” he said.
He added:” There is no doubt Berlin Marathon came amidst pressure to break the Word record, that did not happen but luckily that was just a hurdle and not a limitation, it gives me another opportunity to push the limits as I have always done. In fact, I don’t believe in any limits.”
However, he did not disclose at which particular city marathon he will attempt to break the world record but exuded confidence that he will do that in any of those he will participate.
The world champion said the rains in the German capital during the Berlin marathon slowed him down to frustrate his bid for the world record.
Kipchoge braved wet conditions Sunday to cross the finish line at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 32 seconds, missing out on the world record by 35 seconds which is held by compatriot Dennis Kimetto.
The win saw Kipchoge – a two-time London Marathon champion – underline his status as the world’s best current marathoner after beating a deep field that included the second fasted man in the distance and defending champion Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia and former world record holder Wilson Kipsang,
Kipchoge said now that season has ended he will take a break to be with his family as he rests before resuming training in December.
Kipchoge was speaking during a breakfast hosted by Truck and bus manufacturer Isuzu East Africa (Isuzu EA) in his honour for his win at the Berlin Marathon a week ago.
“Today, they have stood with me despite not breaking the world record. Through this gesture of appreciation, I say thank you. It is rare to see athletes celebrated in the country despite outstanding performances,” said the champion.
“I look forward to flying the Kenyan flag higher, breaking the world record in the races to come and driving away with The Luxury Isuzu D-Max to Eldoret.”
Speaking at the event, Isuzu EA Managing Director Rita Kavashe, emphasized the importance of celebrating and honouring Kenyan athletes as it boosts their morale and encourages them to work harder.
“Let me begin by extending my heartiest congratulations to Eliud Kipchoge.
This win recognizes your hard work and outstanding achievements, and I hope that this will spur you on to achieve even greater heights in sports,” said Rita. “Athletes work very hard for what they achieve, whether they are amateur or professional. Therefore, it is only right we honour, celebrate, appreciate and encourage each one of them, irrespective of a loss or win.”
Kipchoge last month signed as brand ambassador partnership with Isuzu EA worth Ksh 15M.
Through the partnership, Kipchoge received an Isuzu Dmax Double Cab pick-up for use during training and family activities and will be offered an Isuzu D-Max Luxury if he breaks the world record.