NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former world marathon record holder Patrick Makau
of Kenya believes it will take time before the current
generation of athletes runs the 42km race under two hours and
"I know there are efforts to run the
marathon under two hours and three minutes and beat the current
"I tell you that is a long shot away.
"However, it is very possible for the marathon record to be
improved by slashing a few seconds off the current mark.
"That is what I intend to do in Berlin in September," the
32-year-old Makau said here on Friday.
Makau, who holds a personal best time of 2:03:38, then a
marathon world record in Berlin in 2011, said he is inspired top
return to Berlin in the summer to try and shatter the current
record held by compatriot Dennis Kimetto (2:02.57), which has
stood for the last three years.
The Berlin marathon, which has seen six world record broken
by Paul Tergat, Haile Gebreselasie, Makau, Wislon Kipsang
(twice) and Kimetto, will be held on Sept. 24.
However, for Makau, his main focus will not be Berlin
challenge but the unpredictable course in Boston on April 17
where he is lining up against a strong opposition.
Makau last had a competitive race back in December 2016 at
the Fukuoka Marathon, finishing second in 2:08:57 after
recovering from injury.
He has remained injury free for the last one year, the
longest period since he shattered the world record in Berlin six
years ago and he hopes it is proof enough he is getting back to
his best form.
"I am doing well and injuries have for now been out of my
"I am planning to compete at Boston Marathon in April then in
September, my aim to return to Berlin and try to break the
"Even if it’s not going to be under two munities, I have a
feeling the record will be broken," said Makau.
In Boston, Makau will come up against Emmanuel Mutai
(2:03:13), Sammy Kitwara (2:04:28) who was second in Chicago
last year, Wilson Chebet (2:05:27), Wesley Korir (2:06:13) and
Geoffrey Kirui (2:06:27).
Kimetto, who was also expected to compete in the same race,
has pulled out after he crashed in training and injured his
knee, which left a big open wound.