Eliud Kipchoge’s coach Patrick Sang is optimistic that he can break his own world record again after producing “one of his best ever performances” at the London Marathon.“I talked to people before the race and some were asking what Eliud still had,” Sang told the Guardian in April this year. “I told them he still had a lot of potential to run even faster. Given the wind wasn’t great, and all the circumstances around the race, the guy showed us he was able to control and deliver. I think he can break the world record again.”
According to Sang, who has been training Kipchoge since 2001, Nike’s controversial new Next% shoes, which are said to improve running economy by 5 per cent over standard running trainers, had also given Kipchoge a “psychological boost”.
However, he insists that it was the 34-year-old Kenyan’s ability and mental strength that provided his biggest advantage – and enabled him to run a world record 2hr 01min 39sec last September. “We can never understand the capacity of what a human mind can do,” he added.
Kipchoge’s winning time in the London Marathon was 2:02.37. The 34-year old Kipchoge who ran 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon to break the world record, becoming the first person in history to go under 2:02 on a record-eligible course.
In the wake of Kipchoge’s mark, he clocked an average pace per mile: 4:38.4. Kipchoge’s average pace per 5K: 14:24.9.
Kipchoge’s average pace for one lap of a standard outdoor track: 69.19 seconds.
Number of people who have run one marathon faster than Kipchoge’s five-fastest marathons average on a record-eligible course: 4 (Dennis Kimetto, Kenenisa Bekele, Wilson Kipsang, and Emmanuel Mutai)
Amount by which Kipchoge lowered the world record: 1:18
Last time the men’s world record was broken by a larger margin: 1967 (Derek Clayton broke it by 2 minutes and 24 seconds)
Amount by which the men’s world record has fallen since Kipchoge was born on November 5, 1984: 6:26
Distance covered at Kipchoge’s world record pace in 6:26: 1.39 miles
Number of times the men’s world record has been broken since 2002: 7
Number of those new records set in Berlin: 7
While speaking after being feted by Isuzu East Africa at Ole Sereni Hotel, Nairobi, the marathoner said it’s his dream to have athletics as the number one sport in the country.
“Running is where the freedom is and I want everyone to wake up every morning just to run. When you run you think positively,” said Kipchoge, the Isuzu Ambassador adding that he will unveil his next plan after the “INEOS 1:59 Challenge”.ENDS