Makau Targeting London Next Year

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 27, 2012
  • Updated Dec. 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM UTC
Patrick Makau hopes to run better in London next year. Photo:

He DNF’d there in 2012.

Kenya’s Patrick Makau is superstar in his home country. After all, the long-distance runner currently holds the official mark for the fastest marathon ever run on an IAAF-certified course.

Still, despite these successes, Makau, who ran 2:03:38 at the 2011 Berlin Marathon, was left off the Olympic team in the London Games in August.

“I was not happy when I was not selected for London Olympics but I told myself there are good races coming so it is a matter of preparing and keeping fit for upcoming events,” he said in a recent interview with Capital Sports.

In the same interview, Makau shed light on a disconnect that he had with organizers of the Berlin Marathon this year over funding. It was at Berlin where he set the world record in 2011.

“For someone to attempt a world record is not easy,” he admitted. “Last year, I used a lot of effort to make the world record but in this case, we could not agree with them on what I was to get.”

Now he is setting his sights on the London Marathon in April of 2013.

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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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