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.
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.
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.”
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.”