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Makau sets sights on world record

20 August 2014, 12:11

Nairobi - The past few months have been very frustrating for Patrick Makau, but the marathon runner is fully fit and ready to reclaim the world record.

Makau broke Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie's world record at the 2011 Berlin Marathon when he ran a 2:03:38, but he has struggled to replicate that kind of form since then.

Injuries have played a major role in his loss of form with his last competitive race at the 2013 London Marathon, but he is ready to get back to the big league.

"The injury on my left knee was bad; it sidelined me for eight months. I was not happy seeing my colleagues winning in my absence but I have now recovered fully and I’m ready to go for it," he told CapitalFM.

"I am fit; my focus is to break the record again by lowering Kipsang’s time when next season begins. It’s a big possibility because it’s just a matter of training."

Makau is hoping to compete in the Tokyo Marathon next year, but before that he has some work to do with youngsters ahead of the sixth Mwea Classic Marathon, which will take place on September 6.

"I have a plan to take ten athletes under my tutelage to the Mwea Classic Marathon. I have been nurturing them since 2011," he said.

"I believe time has come for them to go out there and prove themselves."

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