BY STANLEY MAGUT

HISTORY is at stake as the two world’s fastest marathoners—Dennis Kimetto and Wilson Kipsang clash in London Marathon on April 26 for the coveted crown.

Kipsang, the former world marathon record holder (2:03.23) and Kimetto, the current record holder (2:02.57), will for the first time face-off for the same title over the 42km distance.

The two have, however, over the 21km at 2011 RAK Half Marathon, where Kimetto prevailed over Kipsang in a time of 1:00.40. While Kipsang is eying the third title at the London Marathon, Kimetto will be making his first appearance on the course.

With two London wins (2012 and 2014), alongside a fifth placing in 2013, Kipsang has a upper hand in terms of experience and will no doubt start favourite on a familiar course.

“My focus at the moment is to run London Marathon, where I will be going for a third win,” said Kipsang. He holds the course record of 2:04.27 which he posted when he won the 2012 edition.

“I want to improve on my course record hence I am targeting to run under 2:04 hours. I am aware that to achieve this, I must time my splits well and I am committed to doing that,” he said.

Kipsang, who is also the World Marathon Major champion, clocked 62:37 to win the Gradonolas Half Marathon in Spain in March. He was using the event as part of his build up to gauge his readiness for London race.

Kimetto, who is the new kid on the block over the distance, has a lot to offer considering that he will be all out to prove to Kipsang that his record feat last year was no fluke. Ironically, the two are training partners.

After a successful dominance in half marathon where he won the RAK, Berlin and BIG 25 Half Marathons in 2011 and 2012, Kimetto made his full marathon debut in Berlin (2012) and finished second behind Geoffrey Mutai.

He started 2013 season strongly, winning Tokyo and Chicago marathons before returning to Berlin last year, where he won in a new world record.

“My training is well and I am working towards taking a title,” Kimetto said while going through the paces at University of Eldoret grounds.

Kimetto is, however, aware that London will not be a walk in the park and only skilful running will carry the day.

“The field is very strong and the secret cards will work. At the moment, I am working on speed and I hope the favour will be on my side when the day comes,” Kimetto added.

Courtesy of the-star.co.ke

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