Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, 33, has confirmed his participation for the 2017 Berlin Marathon.
The 2016 Olympic champion is forgoing the IAAF World Championships this summer following a non-record-eligible 2:00:25 run at Nike’s experimental two-hour marathon attempt in Monza, Italy. The current world record is 2:02:57, set at the 2014 Berlin Marathon by Dennis Kimetto.
The previous six men’s marathon world records have been set at the pancake-flat course in the German capital.
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) July 6, 2017
“I was very close to breaking the two-hour barrier in Monza,” he says. “Now I believe the BMW Berlin Marathon is the perfect venue for attacking the official world record”