After winning the Milano Marathon last month in 2:02:57, the Kenyan marathon runner is Titus Ekiru has its eyes on a record attempt under two hours later this year. In a report by Kenyan newspaper The Star, Ekiru said his training went extremely well and he is confident he could be the first man to break two hours in a marathon in a record breaking event. In 2019, Ekirus has Kenyan compatriot Eliud Kipchoge was the first man to break the two-hour mark when he ran 1:59:40 at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, but his result was not confirmed as an official world record.
Titus Ekiru from Kenya runs a sizzling 2:02:57 today to win the Milan Marathon.
– AW (@AthleticsWeekly) May 16, 2021
In 2021, Ekiru had a marathon PB of 2:04:46 – a fast time, but not fast enough to place him in the top 10 of all time among Kenyans, let alone in the world. Then came the Milano Marathon, where he smashed his PB and was the sixth man to crack 2:03 in the marathon. His result of 2:02:57 makes him and his compatriot the fifth fastest ever Dennis Kimetto.
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After his race in Italy, Ekiru spoke to World Athletics about his breakthrough performance and said he believed he could bring his PB down to 2:01. Just a month later, this lofty goal (just two men, Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele(have run marathons under 2:02) got even bolder when The Star reported that Ekiru said he believed a marathon of 1:59 was within his reach.
“I believe that with my training so far it is possible to run under two hours,” he said. “We are discussing with management to examine the possibility of running in the marathons in Chicago and London in the future, among others.” In the same interview, Ekiru expressed disappointment that he was not accepted into the Kenyan Olympic marathon team, which he believed was a possibility. Of course, the team was chosen in February, long before he moved to the 2:02 club.
= 5. fastest ever 🔥
Kenya’s Titus Ekiru leads the marathon world cup by 2:02:57.
“I feel emotional. Maybe I can run 2:01 in the future. “
– World Athletics (@WorldAthletics) May 16, 2021
“Now that the team has been named, there isn’t much more to do than focus on the future,” said Ekiru. It took Kipchoge two tries to break two hours, and both events were specifically designed to get him over the finish line as quickly as possible. He drove on perfect routes, followed changing speed groups and even had the luxury of waiting for the day with the best running conditions.
Ekiru won’t have either of these advantages trying to break two hours, and even breaking Kipchoge’s official world record of 2:01:39 would be a monumental feat. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to see him in action later this year in London and Chicago.
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