•Kipchoge said he had expected to break his 2022 record but experienced certain challenges on the way.
•He however said his eyes are now set for the upcoming Paris Olympics in 2024.
World greatest Marathoner Eliud Kiopchoge has spoken after maintaining his win at the Berlin Marathon.
Speaking to the press on Sunday, Kipchoge said he had expected to break his 2022 record but experienced certain challenges on the way.
He however said his eyes are now set for the upcoming Paris Olympics in 2024.
This might be Kipchoge’s last race before he graces the Paris 2024 Olympic Games next year where he targets to write history as the first man to win three gold medals back-to-back.
"I was expecting to break the world record but it has not come as I expected and that is how sports is. I was in good shape but got some hiccups but it's normal in a race. I have won but I have not broken the world record. It's a learning process and the focus is putting that experience in next year's Paris Olympics. Every race is a learning curve," Kipchoge said.
Ahead of Sunday's marathon, the athlete had said having achieved everything in his career, the only thing remaining is to keep on breaking his own World Record probably now for ‘fun’.
“I am still hungry for breaking a world record because breaking it makes history and it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and that is what makes me happy,” Kipchoge said ahead of his appearance at the Berlin Marathon.
The fifth-time record winner at the Berlin Marathon received a standing ovation from Kenyans, with some taking to the streets of Eldoret and others to social media to express their enthusiasm during his race.
Kipchoge bagged the fifth Berlin Marathon title after he clocked 2:02:42. Another Kenyan Vincent Kipkemoi came second and Ethiopian Tadese Takele took the third place.