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Eliud Kipchoge has eye on world file in Berlin

Kenyan marathon legend goes for victory No.4 in German capital this weekend and is eager to put up a quick time too

Eliud Kipchoge will purpose to win the BMW Berlin Marathon for the fourth time on Sunday (Sept 25) and the Kenyan is even threatening to problem his personal world file of two:01:39.

A complete of 45,527 runners from 157 nations are set to sort out 26.2 miles on the streets of the German capital however Kipchoge is the stand-out title as he returns to certainly one of his favorite race venues.

His world file was set in Berlin in 2018 and he additionally gained the occasion in 2015 and 2017. A fourth victory in Berlin would equal the achievement of Haile Gebrselassie, who gained the race from 2006-09.

“Berlin is the quickest course. It’s the place a human being can showcase their potential to push the boundaries,” Kipchoge mentioned.

Kipchoge will flip 38 in November however his objective is to win an unprecedented third Olympic marathon title in Paris in 2024. He didn’t run within the World Championships this summer time in Eugene however his most up-to-date marathon was on the Tokyo Marathon in March the place he broke the course file with 2:02:40 – the fourth quickest time in historical past.

On this weekend’s race, he mentioned: “I’m considering of working an excellent race. And whether it is my private finest, I’ll settle for it.

“However I don’t need to decide to a time. I’ll attempt to push myself. I at all times say, if you wish to push your self, come to Berlin.”

This weekend his foremost rival is anticipated to be defending champion Guye Adola. The Ethiopian gained final yr’s race in 2:05:45 and posted an excellent marathon debut of two:03:46 when runner-up to Kipchoge in Berlin in 2017.

As well as there are a selection of runners with PBs inside 2:06 who might problem. They embody the 2015 world marathon champion Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea (2:05:34), Defene Debela Gonfa of Ethiopia (2:05:46), Mark Korir of Kenya (2:05:49) and Oqbe Kibrom (Eritrea) 2:05:53.

Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Mark Shearman)

Regardless of his successful file in Berlin, Kipchoge just isn’t invincible and he has been crushed on the course. In 2013 he completed runner-up to Wilson Kipsang though Kipsang acquired an anti-doping ban in 2020 for whereabouts failures.

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The ladies’s discipline is led by US record-holder Keira D’Amato and Kenya’s Nancy Jelagat Meto. D’Amato’s finest time of two:19:12 was set when successful in Houston earlier this yr and makes her the quickest feminine within the line-up.

Jelagat Meto, in the meantime, gained the Valencia Marathon lats yr in 2:19:31.

Keira D’Amato (photorun.web)

Additional contenders embody Ethiopia’s Gutemi Shone Imana, who has a finest of two:20:11, whereas Workenesh Edesa has run 2:20:24 and Sisay Gola, has clocked 2:20:50.

Kenya’s Maurine Chepkemoi and Vibian Chepkirui even have bests respectively of two:20:18 and a couple of:20:59, though American Sara Corridor, an unique entrant, has withdrawn with an IT band situation.

Look out too for Rosemary Wanjiru of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Nigisti Haftu, who’re each making their marathon debuts.

Berlin can be a historically fashionable occasion for British and Irish runners and entrants embody Stephen Scullion and Sonia Samuels.

The occasion marks the start of a busy interval of autumn marathon racing. The TCS London Marathon is on October 2 adopted by Chicago on October 9, Amsterdam on October 16, Frankfurt on October 30 and New York Metropolis on November 6.

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