“I’m the Best One”: A Confident Eliud Kipchoge Speaks Ahead of the Upcoming 2022 Berlin Marathon

“I’m the Best One”: A Confident Eliud Kipchoge Speaks Ahead of the Upcoming 2022 Berlin Marathon

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM
  • Eliud Kipchoge is bullish that he will run a good race in the upcoming Berlin Marathon this coming Sunday
  • Kipchoge is attempting to win his fourth Berlin Marathon title, a feat that will be added to his already glittering career
  • The 37-year-old Kenyan enters the competition as the world record holder, a record he set in Berlin in 2018

Legendary marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has said that in the upcoming Berlin Marathon, he just wants to "run a good race".

The two-time Olympic champion is expected to add another Berlin marathon title to his glittering list of achievements when he laces his shoes for the event on 25th September.

Eliud Kipchoge, 2022 Berlin Marathon, 2024 Paris Olympics, 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2016 Rio Olympics
Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line in the 2018 Berlin Marathon. Photo by Abdulhamid Hosbas.
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Kipchoge expects a good race in Berlin

World marathon record holder and reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge say that he is focused on running a good race in the upcoming Berlin Marathon set to happen on the 25th of this month, according to the Olympics website.

The 37-year-old broke the World Record in Berlin in 2018, running a stunning 2:01:39 and returning to Berlin, not only as the fastest marathoner ever but also as one of the greatest athletes of our generation.

I want to run a good race, be it a world record, a personal best, I want it to be it a good race.

In 2019, Kipchoge ran the one and only sub-2-hour marathon in history, but he doesn't believe he's going to repeat it in Berlin.

I don't think I am going to run under two hours, I am the best one…I am going to Berlin to run a very good race that will make everybody get inspired and love marathons.

However, Kipchoge is set to face tough competition from Ethiopian Guye Adola, who won last year's race. The two had crossed paths before on the track, in 2017 when Adola pushed the Kenyan to the limits. Kipchoge went on to win the race by 14 seconds. A monumental showdown is expected between the two next week.

If the two-time Olympic champion wins in Berlin, it will be his fourth title, tying him with Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie.

Omanyala special message to Kenyatta

Sports Brief earlier reported on Africa's fastest man, Ferdinand Omanyala's special message to outgoing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Omanyala thanked Kenyatta, asking him to keep attending his races and also thanking him for his service to the country.

Omanyala broke the African record last year, running 9.77 at the Kipkeino Classic Tour. That record saw him break into the top 10 of the fastest men of all time.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.
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