Kebede Says He’s Going To Break The WR In London

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 15, 2011
Tsegaye Kebede says he may break the world record this weekend in London. Photo:

Tsegaye Kebede says he may break the world record this weekend in London. Photo:

The returning champion thinks he can do it in the right conditions

A bold prediction coming out of London today. The top-ranked Ethiopian at this weekend’s Virgin London Marathon, Tsegaye Kebede, thinks he will run a new world record if the weather is favorable. The current world record, 2:03:59,  is owned by Haile Gebrselassie.

“If the weather is nice it’s possible to run 2:04 here, or even 2:03,” Kebede said. ”If the body is healthy, and the weather good, I think on Sunday I will run the world record.”

Kebede just might do it, as the weather forecast is calling for optimal conditions. He won last year’s London Marathon in 2:05:19. In that race, he defeated Sammy Wanjiru, who eventually dropped out at the 20K mark. Kebede ran unopposed from 30K to the finish. His finishing time was nine seconds off the course record and just once second slower than his personal best, which was set at the 2010 Fukuoka Marathon.

Kebede had enough energy to sprint to the finish and later blamed the pacemakers for going out too slow.

Approximately 35,000 runners are expected to take part in Sunday’s race in the British capital city.

For More: LondonNet

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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