ELIUD KIPCHOGE insists he still has “the fire” as he sets his sights on creating more marathon history in 2020, writes Euan Crumley.
The Kenyan star who wowed the world with his landmark run of 1:59:41 in October is back in training and has announced his next target – he will be returning to the Virgin London Marathon on April 26, aiming to be the first able-bodied athlete to win the event five times.
His course record of 2:02:37, set this year, will come under threat but the 35-year-old also won’t rule out the possibility of breaking his legal world record (the controlled conditions in which he ran the INEOS 1:59 challenge meant it wasn’t eligible) of 2:01:39 from Berlin last year when he returns to the streets of the UK capital where he has enjoyed four wins from four starts.
“I still have the fire,” said Kipchoge, who is also likely to defend his Olympic title next year. “Even if I am tired and have just woken up I just go for a run and after 10 minutes the energy just comes.
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