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The new world marathon record holder and most decorated marathoner on the planet, Eliud Kipchoge is not considering to call it quits just yet even after breaking the world record and he hopes to defend his Olympic title in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games.

Speaking
to BBC hours after breaking the World Marathon Record in
Berlin on Sunday after clocking 2 hours 1 minute and 40 seconds (2:1:40) to
smash the World Record previously held by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto who ran 2 hours
2 minutes and 57 seconds (2:2:57) in 2014, Kipchoge said he plans to race in
the Tokyo’s Olympic marathon.

“Although
Tokyo 2020 Olympic games is still far it is at the back of my mind and I will
need to really assemble myself after the Berlin’s race because I feel like
defending the title,”
he told
BBC.


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Tokyo 2020 Olympics (Zee News )

 

The
Kenyan athlete who has won nine out of the 10 marathons he has entered is the
reigning Olympic champion after winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games by
finishing the race in in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.

Also read: 23 facts about Eliud Kipchoge, the new world record holder and most decorated marathoner on the planet, which will blow your mind

When
asked about what’s next for him after the Berlin Race and whether he was
considering smashing his latest record by running under two hours especially
after his coach, Patrick Sang said there was room for improvement, Kipchoge
said it is too soon for him to think about it.

“It is
too early to do that because it is only a few hours since I ran the fastest
race in the world and I don’t think it is good time to talk about when I am
going to run next, the main thing now  is to make sure I recover fully.”


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Eliud Kipchoge celebrating after breaking the World Marathon Record in Berlin. (98five)

 

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The
33-year-old father of three said he will consult with his management
before deciding on his next race.

“In
sports you need to have a good team that is why I am going to have a discussion
with the management, sponsor , technical team of when I am going to run next,”

Kipchoge
said that he feels good and on top of the world and has been watching his race
to see where he can improve even further ahead of his next race in the near
foreseeable future.

“I feel
good, I tried to reflect after the race and see how things were actually
happening, I watched the last few kilometers of the race.”



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