Kipchoge to race Berlin Marathon 2018, chasing a new PB

Eliod Kipchoge Running Berlin Marathon

The fastest man to run 26.2 miles, Eliud Kipchoge has announced he will return to run the Berlin Marathon on 16th September 2018, in an attempt to break his personal record.

Winning his third London Marathon in April, the 33-year-old runner’s PB is currently 2:03:05, set when winning the race in 2016 and just eight seconds slower than the world record, set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57). An Olympic champion and a man renowned for his achievements over 26.2 miles, the Kenyan runner looks set to attempt to break his PB in Berlin.

Kipchoge also ran 26.2 mile in 2:00:25, 2:32 faster than the current world record and 2:40 better than his own personal best of 2:03:05 at the Nike Breaking 2 event in Italy in May 2017.

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In a video posted to his Twitter page, Kipchoge said: “Berlin is a special race for me and a marathon that I love. Every edition I ran faster than the edition before. First edition I ran 2:04:05, second I ran 2:04:00. Third I ran 2:03:32, what will I do this year? You will see in September. See you.”

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Kipchoge has won the Berlin Marathon twice, both in 2015 and 2017, and finished runner-up in 2013 when Wilson Kipsang set his world record time of 2:03:23. Last year both Kipchoge and Kipsang started out with the target of breaking 2:03, but the rainy conditions meant such hopes were dashed, with Kipchoge finishing in 2:03:32, and Kipchang dropping out the 30KM mark.

As he returns to Berlin, Kipchoge is keen to show what he can do, saying: “My preparation is entirely concentrated on the BMW Berlin Marathon on September 16. I am confident I can beat my personal best on this fast course if conditions are good.”

Kipchoge’s success in London earlier this year made him the Abbott World Marathon Majors men’s champion for the third Series in succession. At the time, he said: “If success is your goal, then winning is not an option, it’s a necessity.”

We look forward to watching what happens in September.