He says he’s still in top form.
The world-record holder in the marathon, Kenya’s Patrick Makau is returning to racing. According to a report posted on All Africa.com’s Web site, Makau, who set the 26.2-mile world record in Berlin earlier this year, will be competing in the Dubai Half Marathon in February of next year.
“I am training well in Ngong [Kenya} and look forward to the half marathon,” the 26-year-old said. “Things couldn’t be better.”
Makau’s incredible performance in Berlin (2:30:38) shaved over 20 seconds off Haile Gebrselassie’s old mark.
“I attribute my success to God and discipline and urge all athletes to do the same if they intend to get to the top,” Makau said.
Makau said he is using Dubai as a build up for the London Marathon in April. He contends that he is in top form presently. However, Makau remains hesitant to shed light on whether or not he can break his own record any time soon. He and fellow Kenyan Abel Kirui are currently shoo-ins for the Kenyan Olympic marathon team slots in the 2012 Summer Games.
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