The Star (Nairobi)

2 October 2013

Kenya: Kip's New Goals

Record holder now targets world and Olympic titles

Newly crowned world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang has revealed his next mission is winning the world and Olympic marathon titles.

Kipsang said he has achieved his athletics dream of breaking the world mark when he won the 40th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday in 2:03:23.

"I am happy and joyful in my heart," said Kipsang after returning to the country from Germany yesterday.

"I thank God for the strength and opportunity to do it ( break the world record). It has been a long struggle working towards this dream," Kipsang said.

"I could feel the whole nation was with me, celebrating my win when I broke (Patrick) Makau's record (of 2:03:38).

"The world record was my main focus and now I can prepare for the rest of the titles," said Kipsang, who was permitted to skip the 2013 world Championships in Moscow early in the year by Athletics Kenya to prepared for the world title.

The road runner is convinced it is still possible to lower his mark in the near future.

"I hope to maintain my discipline and training and hopefully I can lower the record once more," said Kipsang.

He revealed he was confident of slashing seconds off Makau's record at the 32km stage because he had maintained world record pace.

"I had prepared very well mentally and physically and cooperation with the rest of the Kenyan runners ensured we stuck to the plan," Kipsang said.

Kenyans took the first five positions in the race.

The runner says Berlin is a favourite place to set records because the course is somewhat flat and the weather is usually conducive.

"The weather was fine apart from a small section where I had to face head winds head on. This slowed me a bit," said the Kenya Police officer.

"Howeverl, I maintained my pace and now I am the world record holder."

Former record holder Paul Tergat broke Haile Gebreselassie's world record in Berlin as did Makau, proving the course is the favourable race for record setting.

Kipsang intimated further record setting attempts by him could either be in Frankfurt or London."

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo congratulated Kipsang, and revealed he alongside Florence Kiplagat - who won the women's race in Berlin and other officers who have performed well this season will be rewarded later in the year.

"Our officers have made us (Kenya Police Service) and Kenyans in general very proud with their sterling performances this season," said Kimaiyo. "We shall be rewarding them with promotions and presidential awards soon. We already sent our commendations to the National Police Service."

Others who are earmarked for recognition are world 800m record holder David Rudisha and world champions Edna Kiplagat (marathon) Ezekiel Kemboi (3,000m S/C), Asbel Kiprop (1500m), Milka Chemos (3,000m S/C) and Eunice Sum (800m).

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