Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang, will be battling it out with current Olympic marathon Champion, Eliud Kipchoge for the bragging rights in the Berlin Marathon.
In an exclusive interview with Kipsang, the star alluded to the fact in the marathon races he reigns shoulder high above the rest and he has a track record to show for it.
Firstly Kipsang remains the only athlete to race in 18 marathon races and win almost half of them all major marathons. From 2010 to 2014, he participated in 15 major marathons in London, Tokyo among others, winning 14 and taking 3rd position at the Paris race. His dominance spreads across major global cities including London, NYC half marathon, Frankfurt, Berlin and the Great North Run.
What is most astonishing is the consistency that Kipsang has shown over the years. He remain the only elite athlete currently to race 6 major marathons in sub 2:04 and five under 2:07 an astonishing feat considering the toll a marathon takes on the human body.
His achievements though are not a surprise to those who have seen him since his days on the track. Starting out in the 5000m race and then 10,000m, Kipsang gradually worked his body for endurance and when he broke the world record in Berlin with a time of 2:03:23 it was the result of years on the track sweating and stretching every sinew of the body to become a champion.
Time will tell whether this years’ Berlin meet will produce another world record with the major athletes trying to beat the current WR set by Dennis Kimetto in a time of 2:02:57. This means Kipsang has to knock off 1 second and 24 milliseconds to be crowned the world marathon King.