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Berlin Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge plays down world record chances

Eliud Kipchoge wins the Tokyo Marathon
Kipchoge gained the Tokyo Marathon in March in a time of two hours, two minutes 40 seconds

Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has performed down his probabilities of setting a brand new world report when he strains up for his sixth Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

Since then, the Kenyan has gained his fourth London Marathon, retained his Olympic title in Japan final yr and completed first within the Tokyo Marathon in March as effectively.

“I at all times say I do not name a world report however I wish to run race,” Kipchoge advised BBC Sport Africa.

“Be it a world report, be it a private greatest, be it race however allow us to name it race. If all goes effectively and it turns into both a private greatest and world report, then I’ll have fun.

“I do not know my limits, truly, in Berlin. However I am going to attempt to push myself. I do not know the place [the] restrict is.”

In 2019, Kipchoge grew to become the primary particular person to run the marathon beneath two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.

He ran the fourth quickest time in historical past when he gained in Tokyo six months in the past and as he returns to the famously quick Berlin course this weekend, he says the town is a “superb place” the place the world report may very well be damaged once more.

“I inform folks that if you wish to push your limits, come to Berlin,” he mentioned.

“I’ve proven the best way to many athletes, to the subsequent technology, that at some point a human being will run beneath two hours in a traditional course.

“I do not suppose I will run beneath two hours, however I will Berlin to run an excellent race which is able to make everyone get impressed and love marathons and revel in watching.”

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Eliud Kipchoge
Kipchoge used a staff of rotating pacemakers to dip beneath the two-hour mark in 2019

Kipchoge has been in line with what evokes him to run, saying he needs to make the world “a working village”.

In Berlin he’ll face defending champion Guye Adola of Ethiopia. The pair went head-to-head on the 2017 Berlin Marathon, which Kipchoge gained.

“I respect all of the opponents – however I deal with myself as the most effective one,” Kipchoge mentioned.

“I’ve skilled effectively. I do know one thing else can occur however I respect my trainings. What has modified is possibly the best way I feel. I deal with marathons in a particular method.

“The final time I used to be in Berlin was earlier than I truly ran a sub two-hour and you’ll see now that the mentality has modified a bit bit on the way to strategy the race, on the way to prepare.

“However the coaching is beneath the identical coach, the identical coaching routine – simply injecting some small routines.”

Victory in Berlin would give Kipchoge a record-equalling fourth win, placing him stage with Ethiopian nice Haile Gebrselassie.

Retaining the purpose of being on the beginning line on the 2024 Paris Olympics to try to change into the primary athlete in historical past to win three Olympic marathons, Kipchoge says the self-discipline is as a lot a psychological one as it’s a tactical one.

“Marathon is a really lengthy occasion and in case your thoughts can’t deal with working for a really very long time, then your ways can’t work,” he mentioned.

“When your thoughts is okay, then your muscle mass are good. So I am making an attempt my greatest to persuade my thoughts that I’ve achieved a radical coaching.

“[The] mileage is already in my muscle mass and the large day to implement all these items is coming.”

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