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Kipchoge aims at Chicago Marathon course record

21 August 2014, 12:01

Nairobi - Kenya's Rotterdam marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will make another attempt to run under the two hours and four minutes when he lines up at the fast course of the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12.

Kipchoge, who launched his marathon career in 2012 winning in Eindhoven, has been primed as a man capable of challenging the World record, currently held by Kenyan Wilson Kipsang at 2:03.23.

However, the 31-year-old will not confirm if he will be going for the record in Chicago, his fourth race over the 42km distance.

"As I said before, I am still a novice in marathon running. I still need two or three different races to test my ability and prove to myself that I am within that bracket of fastest runners. For now, all I want is to run a fast race in Chicago," said Kipchoge on Wednesday in Eldoret.

Kipchoge has run three marathons, with his fastest being a 2:04:05 clocking in Berlin last year, in what was his second marathon. This year, he won the Rotterdam Marathon in April in 2:05:00.

Kipchoge will compete in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 12 where he will chase the course record of 2:03:45, set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto alongside his long-time rival Kenenisa Bekele.

Kimetto has opted not to defend his crown and will instead be running two weeks earlier at the Berlin marathon on Sept. 28. He will be chasing the world record set there by Kipsang (2:03.23).

Kipchoge and Bekele have raced against each other on at least 21 occasions, over 3000m, 5000m, 10,000m and cross country; Chicago will be their first marathon duel.

Elsewhere, the road world record holder Kenya's Leonard Komon is set to make his marathon debut at the Marathon Eindhoven on Oct. 12.

The 26-year-old, who holds the 10km and 15km world records, which were both set in the Netherlands, was driven around the marathon course and was "very happy" with the "very fast" course.

Komon will be looking to break the course record of 2:05:46, which was set by Dickson Chumba in 2012, and possibly dip under 2:05. On March 30, he won the Berlin Half Marathon in 59:14, the fastest ever debut.

The fastest ever marathon debut, on a record legal course, is 2:04:16 by Dennis Kimetto.

"I think I would like to run the first half in 62:30 and that will give me the chance to run 2:05, or even faster," said Komon.

"I have been very happy with my training, I have not had any injuries or any other distractions since my last race so I am feeling quite confident I will have a good chance of achieving my targets."

In Nairobi, former marathon world record holder Patrick Makau of Kenya has said that he has fully recovered from the knee injury that dogged him for eight months.

The 29-year-old will race a half marathon in Germany in September and the Tokyo Marathon on February 23 as he prepares to get his hands back on the world record.

"I am fit; my focus is to break the record again by lowering Kipsang's time when next season begins," said Makau.

"It's a big possibility because it's just a matter of training," Makau ran in Czech Republic last month finishing fourth in a half marathon and believes, he is ready to take on the world again.

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