"It is hard to break the world record in London. So what I plan is to
set a new course record and hopefully, I will travel back to Berlin to
try and lower down the world mark in September," Kipsang told Xinhua
Tuesday in Iten.
Kipsang broke the world record when he won last September's Berlin
Marathon in two hours, three minutes and 23 seconds. He will be keen to
regain the London Marathon title he won in 2012 just a few months before
claiming the bronze medal at the London Olympics.
"It is true I want my London marathon title back. There are no doubts
about that, but it will all depend on the level of fitness of the other
opponents," he said.
Kipsang was fifth in last year's race when Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia triumphed in London for the second time.
The Kenyan looked odds on to win again last year until Kebede overtook him in the final mile.
There is a new twist in this year's line up. Britain will be hoping
their own and world 10,000m champion Mo Farah will successfully glide
from track to win the London marathon on his debut this April.
Farah's inclusion of course symbolizes athletics' eternally changing
order. When you throw in Olympic and world marathon champion Stephen
Kiprotich, the 2011 world bronze medallist Feyisa Lilesa, and London
course record holder Emmanuel Mutai, it becomes toxic.
But the Kenyan challenge is completed by Stanley Biwott, the 2012
Paris Marathon champion who was eighth in London last April, and Martin
Mathathi, winner of the 2013 Fukuoka Marathon.
The field also includes Marilson dos Santos of Brazil, the two-times New York champion who was fourth in 2011.
Farah, 30, ran his fastest half marathon when second in the Great
North Run last September and has since been training hard for his first
"I gained a lot of valuable experience running part of the course
alongside the top guys last year and can't wait to race over the full
distance this April," said Farah, who will have an eye on the
long-standing London record of 2:07.13.
"The London Marathon always attracts the world's best runners to its
elite fields and this year will be no different. I am expecting it to be
one of my toughest races and a real learning experience," said Farah in
a statement from the organizers.
"I had another great year on the track in 2013, but the marathon is
my main focus for this year. As a young boy growing up in London it has
always been my ambition to run the London Marathon and to be able to
make my marathon debut in my home town is very special."