Multiple marathon runners have come out this week and voiced the opinion that the men’s and women’s records at the Tokyo Marathon will likely fall when the race is run on Sunday.
The course record for men is 2:06:50, set by Dennis Kimetto, and the record for women is 2:25:28, set by Atsede Habtamu. Sunday’s field will contain six men with personal bests faster than 2:06 and nine women with personal bests faster than 2:24.
Ethiopia’s Tadese Tola, who boasts a personal best time of 2:04:49, said in a press conference this week that he’s sure he can break the course record Sunday:
I have been talking with my friends about breaking the course record and I am sure I can do it. In the future, I would like to break the world record. The secret of my marathon success is in training. It is important to set a goal and train with that goal in mind.
Kenya’s Abel Kirui, who won the 2009 and 2011 marathon world titles, also said he thinks he has a shot at the record. Competing against Tola and Kirui will be the likes of Sammy Kitwara and Geoffrey Kipsang, both of whom are excellent half-marathon runners.
We’ll let you know if either of the records fall, so stay tuned.
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