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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

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