Berlin Marathon Preisgeld: Eliud Kipchoge is the undisputed superstar of the marathon scene. On Sunday, the Kenyan in Berlin sets the world record. He wants to run a breathtaking pace to win the prize money.On the Berlin asphalt Eliud Kipchoge was unstoppable. The 33-year-old Kenyan ran a time in the Sunday’s marathon that even his world record predecessors thought was unattainable. Broken down to 100-meter intervals, the 2016 Olympic champion ran 422 times in just over 17 seconds during the 2:01:39 hours of his race. In addition, the “Confucius of running sports”, as Kipchoge is called because of his inner peace and charisma in the scene, even had to shake his head with a smile.
WORLD: Mr. Kipchoge, congratulations on your new marathon world record – in a spectacular dimension comparable to that of sprinting king Usain Bolt over 100 meters at the 2009 World Championships. In this context, what is your 100 meter best time?
Eliud Kipchoge: Sorry, no idea, unfortunately I do not know.
WORLD: They ran over the 42.195-kilometer distance, after all, an incredible 17-second average to 100 meters.
+ (laughs) Really? It sounds crazy to get it that way.
WORLD: And another astonishing number: every kilometer of you was faster than three minutes, the good ordinary mortals do not even succeed in doing so.
I can promise to run a good race, “said Kipchoge, who hopes for good weather:” Something between the sun and cool. “But top form and great weather alone should not be enough for this: Kipchoge also has the much-anticipated duel with his three years older compatriot Wilson Kipsang win. The ex-world record holder wants to run the first 21.1 kilometers about 30 seconds slower.
If the Kenyans drive each other, then the world record wobbles. Nine times Kipchoge has stayed in regular races under 2:06 hours, big sayings has never knocked the grandfather of a farmer from Kapsisiywa in the Nandi district before. “I’m just thinking about a personal best. If I run 2:03:04, I’m happy, “said the Olympic champion. But that does not really take away the currently best marathon runner in the world.
The preparations for Berlin went well, assured Kipchoge, who won Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and also targets Tokyo 2020. “Everything went to plan.” Even the rainy season did not bother him. “I train, I do not complain.”
Kipchoge: That’s what I finally trained for, I was well prepared.
WORLD: They were even too fast for all your pacesetters, had to walk the last 17 kilometers alone. Was that an advantage, could you focus more on the inner dialogue with your body?
Kipchoge: I can not say exactly how it was in the race. But before that I felt: I am ready for this day, very willing even. That’s why I was able to push myself that way for the last 17 kilometers.
Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai wins the men’s 39th Berlin Marathon in a world best time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 15 seconds. This is the sixth fastest time ever run and world annual best over this distance. Only a second later, his team-mate and friend Denis Kimetto finished. Kimetto is the fastest time in Berlin with which it was not enough for a win. At the finish at the Brandenburg Gate, both runners saw the effort, a real sprint took place no more. Third was also a Kenyan with Georffrey Kipsang (2.06: 12). As the best German, Jan Fitschen finished 13th. The runner from Wattenscheid reached the finish on the street of 17 June with a new German annual best score (2:13:10). He is the best European. “I thought I could make the world record, but my legs hurt,” Mutai said after the race. Nevertheless, he was very happy with his time: “Now I will celebrate.”
But Mutai has every reason for financial reasons: With his victory, he has earned in one fell swoop 459 000 euros. For the success in Berlin itself there is a prize money of 40,000 euros, plus a bonus of 30,000 euros, because Mutai remained under 2:04:30 hours. But the 30-year-old now makes big money because he has won the international series World Marathon Majors (WMM) of the years 2011/2012. This brings Mutai, who missed the world record of his compatriot Patrick Makau in 2:04:15 hours by 37 seconds, $ 500,000 (about 389 000 €).
WORLD: Then you at least tell us your next big goals? Gold at the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo or 2024 in Paris? A time under two hours?
Kipchoge: I always follow a very individual plan. And this plan will only last until the next race. This time I wanted to run the Berlin Marathon and attack the world record. Now that I’ve done that, I’m just going to concentrate on my regeneration. And then follows the next plan – which I will design together with my team.
WORLD: How did this look at the beginning of your career? Did you run from childhood on, and did you realize that you can do this better than your friends, as the best in the region, in the country?
Kipchoge: I was already 19 years old when I decided to try the long distance race.
WORLD: That’s relatively late, almost too late to make an international career. If you did not have the running in the spell before – what was the trigger with 19?
Kipchoge: My current coach Patrick Sang (1992 second Olympic champion over 3000 meters obstacle, the editors), he was in our village a famous man and successful runner, I have much admired him. And then suddenly I felt a strong urge to be as good as he. My coach was and still is my motivation, my inspiration.
WORLD: Did you have a competition-ready equpiment at the time?
Kipchoge: In my day, nobody in my home region in Kenya had anything like sensible running shoes. At the time, when I started to train really hard, you could not think of such luxuries. Fortunately, our new, next generation can now afford or get good shoes.
WORLD: What would you think about yourself as a 70-year-old Eliud Kipchoge, who might run the kilometer with a six-minute cut?
Kipchoge: If I stay as happy as I am now and actually turn 70, I’d like to test if I can manage to finish one of the big city marathons at this age. From me the 42.195 kilometers then in ten hours. I just always want to get on the track and run.