Bekele: I can break world record in Dubai

Running legend Kenenisa Bekele tells Sport360 he is ready to break the marathon world record in Dubai on Friday.

Stuart Appleby
by Stuart Appleby
18th January 2017

article:18th January 2017

The Ethiopian long-distance running legend, who recorded the second-fastest time over the 42.195km distance during his Berlin triumph last September, is aiming to better Dennis Kimetto’s record of 2:02:57 – set back in 2014.

Bekele, 34, came close to breaking his Kenyan rival’s historic run in the German capital, crossing the finish line just six seconds slower for a personal best, 2:03:03.

But the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder, who also has three Olympic gold medals to his name, believes he can rewrite the history books in the UAE.

“Of course I am believing in myself, that I can break the world record in Dubai on Friday,” he told Sport360. “My condition is good, I hope to break this record.

“My confidence is 100 per cent but of course you never know, anything can happen in a race and marathon running – in a race you have to be confident 100 per cent and believe in yourself.

“I believe it but this is a competition, I’m not competing alone, many athletes are out there too – weather, wind, temperature conditions, these may change your plan.”



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