NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s marathon sensation Eliud Kipchoge, on
Thursday said he does not plan to compete in another race this
year and will instead concentrate on training for a world record
reigning Olympic champion who arrived back in the country after
winning the London Marathon on April 22 told journalists in
Nairobi he had planned to run only one race in 2018, hence his
decision to opt out of competition for the remainder of the
“My journey to
London took four months of planning, during which time I trained
very hard on all types of conditions and terrain,” Kipchoge
Kipchoge won his third London Marathon title on April 22 in a
time of 2:06:21 ahead of Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata and Mo Farah of
Britain whereas fellow countrywoman, Vivian Cheruiyot won the
women’s category in one of the hottest marathon ever recorded
where temperatures soared to as high as 23.2 degrees Celsius.
The champion, who
registered his tenth win out of the eleven marathons he has
participated in since 2013, stated that even though he did not
break the 2:02:57 world record set by Dennis Kimetto in Berlin
in 2014, he was delighted by his performance in London.
“It has always been
my goal to run the marathon in less than two hours, but due to
the temperature and humidity that prevailed, it was not possible
this time around,” he noted.
“However, as I
stated before the race, I was in London to run a good race, and
indeed it was a good finish. I promise that my team and I will
keep training, working hard and aiming to break the world
record,” Kipchoge said.
Kipchoge, who is
famed as the master of the marathon, was in high spirits to
celebrate his third win, having first won it in 2015 and again
He noted that it was
important for Kenyans to celebrate athletes when they emerged
victorious in races and even when they lose, as this boosts
their will to work hard and achieve more.
Kenya’s Olympic champ Kipchoge
on a marathon in September or October
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Olympic and London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has
clarified he will be running in a marathon in September or
October this year.
His agent, Valentijn
Trouw confirmed on Saturday that the 33-year-old has not made up
his mind over which race to compete in with Berlin, Chicago or
New York being possible destinations.
has warned his fans not to focus so much on the world record but
to allow him to enjoy his running and hopefully, a fast time
will fall into place.
The London Marathon
champion said he never lets his mind dwell so much on breaking
the world record because he believes with good preparations and
all other factors remaining favorable, running the fastest time
will easily fall in place to crown his victories in any major
“In London I was not
going for the world record. It is still in my mind, but there
are other things to look at like enjoying your running,
inspiring and supporting others. This obsession with world
breaking time is not good,” he warned.