BEKELE V KIPCHOGE V KIPSANG WITH WORLD RECORD AIM
KENENISA BEKELE has heightened anticipation surrounding this month’s BMW Berlin Marathon by telling Kenyan journalists he believes he can run 2:01 before he retires.
Bekele faces Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang in Berlin on September 24 and says he is aiming to break Dennis Kimetto’s 2:02:57 world record in Germany but that he can run “around 2:01:30” before retiring.
Kipsang, however, feels he has an advantage because he has held the world record in the past. “If you compare me with those guys (Bekele and Kipchoge), I stand a chance because having broken the world record before, and having more experience, and if I prepare myself and I’m in the same shape as when I broke the world record, I think I can beat those guys,” the Kenyan said.
The favourite, though, is Kipchoge, courtesy of his impressive 2:00:25 run in Monza in May, where Nike created optimal conditions to attack the sub-two-hour barrier.
On that occasion the time was not ratified by the IAAF, so Kipchoge is keen to gain the official world record in Berlin.
“We are all stars at the marathon, so it’ll be very difficult,” he told Runner’s World.
“But at the end of the race, we will have one winner.”
Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang: will go head-to-head on streets of Berlin