Why the Berlin Marathon This Weekend Is Mandatory Viewing

Why the Berlin Marathon This Weekend Is Mandatory Viewing”

With three contenders who have each run under 2:03:30 the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON has extraordinary strength in depth.

They are not the worst of friends, but such will be their profile when former world record holder Wilson Kipsang takes on Kenenisa Bekele and Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday in the Berlin Marathon.

The last six world records over the classic 42.195-kilometre race have been set on the streets of the German capital, with Kenya's Dennis Kimetto setting the official standard for now when he lowered Kipsang's 2013 mark by a staggering 26 seconds to 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds in 2014.

Kipchoge, who was paid up to 1 million USA dollars to skip the London Marathon and commit himself to the attempt to break the two hours mark in Monza, Italy in May, said his focus is now to beat Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 world record mark in Berlin.

Given what are likely to be excellent weather conditions an extremely fast race is in prospect.

Kipchoge is arguably the best marathoner in the world right now and the best marathoner the world has ever seen.

"I am confident that I'll run a attractive race here", Kipchoge said on Friday.

"The Monza marathon was for me a big success and I got a lot of motivation from that", Kipchoge told reporters on Friday.

The 35-year-old Kipsang has an additional incentive, saying: "I want to go down in history as one of the runners to break the marathon world record twice". The 35-year old has said he does not fear Kipchoge heading towards the Berlin Marathon. And the Olympic marathon before that? "Victory on its own is no success - it is simply a necessity. All three of us are at the top of our game right now, but there will be only one victor", Kipchoge told AFP earlier this month. He would become the first man to hold the marathon, 5,000 metres and 10,000-metre records simultaneously.

"60 minutes 45 seconds is not my plan". That way I shall not put myself under stress and listen to my body.

"I think Breaking2 was an example of his greatness", Gillis said, "not for only how fast he ran, but for him to handle the pressure of the all-or-nothing-type of environment. And Kipsang is a mature runner who knows how to perform". "This time it's a different situation, there are three of us", said the Kenyan, who lost last year's duel to Kenenisa Bekele. "If I had the same assistance, I believe I could achieve a time like that as well", he said. "The pacemakers are stronger this time".

So Kipchoge, 32, whose personal best on a record-eligible course is 2:03:05 (London, 2016), has repeatedly said that he has a singular goal on Sunday: Set a new world record. "My preparation has been going well, I hope I'll do better". Kipsang arrived here with his wife and their young daughter.

Later he claimed the Berlin title in September 2015 clocking 2:04:00 and previous year he set a course record on return to London of 2:03:05.

A knee injury has forced the Kenya Patrick Makau, victor of the 2011 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2011, withdraw from Sunday's race. Makau ran what was then a world record of 2:03:38 to win the title.

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