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Berlin Marathon: Kipchoge plays down world record chances

Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has played down his chances of setting a new world record when he lines up for his sixth Berlin Marathon on Sunday.

The 37-year-old set the current benchmark with a spectacular time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds on his last outing in the German capital four years ago.

Since then, the Kenyan has won his fourth London Marathon, retained his Olympic title in Japan last year and finished first in the Tokyo Marathon in March as well.

“I always say I don’t call a world record but I want to run a good race,” Kipchoge told BBC Sport Africa.

“Be it a world record, be it a personal best, be it a good race but let us call it a good race. If all goes well and it becomes either a personal best and world record, then I will celebrate.

“I don’t know my limits, actually, in Berlin. But I’ll try to push myself. I don’t know where [the] limit is.”

In 2019, Kipchoge became the first person to run the marathon under two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.

He ran the fourth quickest time in history when he won in Tokyo six months ago and as he returns to the famously fast Berlin course this weekend, he says the city is a “very good place” where the world record could be broken again.

“I tell people that if you want to push your limits, come to Berlin,” he said.

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