|(Marathon) Kenyans attempt record run below 2 hrs 03 min
Two of the world's fastest marathoners, Kenyans Patrick Makau and Wilson Kipsang, are lining up for an assault on the world record later this month in Berlin, Germany.
Makau, 28, will be returning to the German capital for the first time since he set the current official world mark of 2 hours 03min 38sec on the same course two years ago.
“I have not been in the best of forms in recent marathon races but my training has been going well for the last three months,'' Makau, who has been training in the Ngong Hills southwest of the capital Nairobi, told AFP.
“Hopefully with the assistance of the pacesetters, we should be able to run under 2:03.''
Kipsang set the official second best time of 2:03.42 in Frankfurt in 2011.
“It is my first time to run on Berlin course. I watched Makau break the record there two years ago and felt that I could also have done the same,'' Kipsang told AFP from his Rift Valley training base of Iten.
“My target is to run a sub-2:03. It is a very exciting course for fast runners like me. This is the place where five world records have been set in the last 15 years and to add my name to the list will be my pinnacle,'' the 31-year-old Olympic bronze medallist said.