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Kipsang eyes world marathon record in London

11 April 2014, 09:20

Nairobi - Wilson Kipsang, the world marathon record holder, has set his sights on setting a new global record at the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.

The local star set a new world best of 2:03:23 last September when he cruised to victory in the 2013 Berlin Marathon, beating his nearest rival, Eliud Kipchoge, by more than 40 seconds.

“I sit here (London) today as the marathon world record holder so I feel full of confidence compared to last year,” said the 32-year-old Kenyan.

“Since setting the world record I have concentrated on recovering well and building up my mileage again slowly. My preparation has gone to plan and I'm looking forward to seeing how fast I can run on Sunday. It will not be easy, but if I have not used up too much energy in the first half, I will be ready to push the pace. I believe it is possible to set a world record on the London Marathon course, and if the weather is good on Sunday, I am confident I will run well,” said Kipsang.

He was wary of the threat Britain's marathon debutant, Mo Farah, the Olympic champion, posed to his Virgin Money London Marathon dream.

He acknowledged that he learnt a valuable lesson at last year's London Marathon, when he finished fifth after pushing the pace early in the race only to fade before the 30 kilometer mark.

 – CAJ News

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