Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has performed down his possibilities of setting a brand new world report when he strains up for his sixth Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
Since then, the Kenyan has gained his fourth London Marathon, retained his Olympic title in Japan final yr and completed first within the Tokyo Marathon in March as effectively.
“I at all times say I do not name a world report however I wish to run a superb race,” Kipchoge instructed BBC Sport Africa.
“Be it a world report, be it a private finest, be it a superb race however allow us to name it a superb race. If all goes effectively and it turns into both a private finest and world report, then I’ll have a good time.
“I do not know my limits, truly, in Berlin. However I am going to attempt to push myself. I do not know the place [the] restrict is.”
In 2019, Kipchoge grew to become the primary individual to run the marathon underneath two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.
He ran the fourth quickest time in historical past when he gained in Tokyo six months in the past and as he returns to the famously quick Berlin course this weekend, he says the town is a “superb place” the place the world report may very well be damaged once more.
“I inform folks that if you wish to push your limits, come to Berlin,” he stated.
“I’ve proven the best way to many athletes, to the subsequent technology, that at some point a human being will run underneath two hours in a standard course.
“I do not assume I will run underneath two hours, however I will Berlin to run an excellent race which can make all people get impressed and love marathons and revel in watching.”
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Kipchoge has been per what conjures up him to run, saying he needs to make the world “a operating village”.
In Berlin he’ll face defending champion Guye Adola of Ethiopia. The pair went head-to-head on the 2017 Berlin Marathon, which Kipchoge gained.
“I respect all of the rivals – however I deal with myself as the very best one,” Kipchoge stated.
“I’ve skilled effectively. I do know one thing else can occur however I respect my trainings. What has modified is perhaps the best way I feel. I deal with marathons in a particular means.
“The final time I used to be in Berlin was earlier than I truly ran a sub two-hour and you may see now that the mentality has modified a bit of bit on the best way to method the race, on the best way to prepare.
“However the coaching is underneath the identical coach, the identical coaching routine – simply injecting some small routines.”
Victory in Berlin would give Kipchoge a record-equalling fourth win, placing him stage with Ethiopian nice Haile Gebrselassie.
Retaining the intention of being on the beginning line on the 2024 Paris Olympics to aim to grow to be the primary athlete in historical past to win three Olympic marathons, Kipchoge says the self-discipline is as a lot a psychological one as it’s a tactical one.
“Marathon is a really lengthy occasion and in case your thoughts can’t deal with operating for a really very long time, then your ways can’t work,” he stated.
“When your thoughts is okay, then your muscle tissue are good. So I am attempting my finest to persuade my thoughts that I’ve finished an intensive coaching.
“[The] mileage is already in my muscle tissue and the massive day to implement all these items is coming.”