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Kipchoge’s marathon record attempt remains on

Three-time London Marathon winner and course record holder Eliud Kipchoge is still keen on breaking the world marathon record that stands at 2:02:57 and believes he is 25 seconds shy of running under two hours in the distance.

The 32-year-old has attempted the record once in an officially sanctioned race at the 2017 Berlin Marathon where he ran 2:03:32. He also ran a 2:00:25 during Nike’s ‘Breaking 2’ marathon where, alongside Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa and half marathon world record holder Zernsenay Tadese, he tried to break the two-hour mark in marathon.

The Nike campaign run on a Formula One track in Monza, Italy, however, does not count towards an official world record because of pacing and hydration rules. “I will be going for the record in future but I cannot say in which race or when I will be attempting the record again.

Hard work and resilience are an integral part of achieving such a feat and that is what I will focus on now,” said Kipchoge during his welcome breakfast hosted by Isuzu East Africa following his London Marathon win.

He added, “I believe I can break the record since I am 25 seconds shy of running under two hours. However, for me and my team, a win is always a celebration for months of hard work and dedication and breaking the record will be no different it is all about preparation.”

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