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.
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