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Abel Kirui Going For World Record In Berlin

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jan. 18, 2011

Abel Kirui is skipping the 2011 World Championships this summer. Photo: The Standard

Surprisingly, one of Kenya’s fastest marathoners is skipping the 2011 World Championships.

The reigning world marathon champion is not making it a priority to defend his title at the World Championships in Daegu, South Korea this August, Instead, the Kenyan runner has made it known that he wants to go for the world record in Berlin this fall. Berlin is where Haile Gebreselassie set the current world record, 2:03:59, three years ago, and is known throughout the running world as a very fast course.

Admitting to the daunting task ahead of him, Kirui had this to say about his chances in Berlin: “I know and understand it is a tall order. A lot has to be done with a lot of effort taken for one to set or break a World record. I am training and focusing on it.”

Kirui’s marathon PR is 2:05:04. He set it in Rotterdam in 2009.

To prepare for the October marathon, Kirui is running in the extremely competitive Virgin London Marathon this April. Last year, he placed fifth in that race.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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