Paris 2024: "I am focused on the Olympic Games": Eliud Kipchoge | Video
The Kenyan Eliud Kipchogeworld marathon record holder (2h.01:09), declared this Thursday that he is not thinking about break the world record again of the distance, but that all “the energy” is deposited in try to add his third Olympic gold in Paris 2024.
Kipchoge, that on September 24 he won the Berlin Marathon for the fifth time surpassing the Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie, winner four consecutive times in the German city between 2006 and 2009, is focused on next year's Olympic event.
The Kenyan athlete NN Running Team, in a virtual press conference with several media outlets, including EFE, he pointed:
I have all my energy focused on the Paris Olympic Games. My mind now is not on the possibility of breaking the record again or thinking about what marathon I will prepare after the Games.
Kipchogueawarded this year with the Princess of Asturias Sports Award, spoke about what it means for him to receive this award in Oviedo.
It was a surprise to receive this award. I didn't know how important it was but after I was notified I looked at who had won it and when I saw that one of them was Nelson Mandela I realized how important it was. I am looking forward to traveling to Spain to receive it.
Kipchoge, who recognized that he feels “enormous pressure” every time he competes, he said that a “good challenge” for the future it would be run ultramarathons.
I would like to try it soon. An 80 kilometer race, for example. It's good to try new things.
And added the almost invincible Kenyan marathoner:
I like to know what motivated generations after mine. I want to continue motivating myself to remain competing at this level for a long time.
(With information from EFE)
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