Fast Times expected with Eliud Kipchoge, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai in Berlin Marathon, A View from Kenya, by Justin Lagat


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This is how Justin Lagat considers the field for the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon. Let's see how our friend from handicaps the race.

Fast times expected with Eliud Kipchoge, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai in Berlin Marathon, by Justin Lagat
When he is talking to the press, Kipchoge is very humble and soft spoken. But, when in action, whether in training or during a race, he appears strong and highly charged. Sometime last year as they did intervals at the University of Eldoret's dusty track, some students who seemed not to have known him were simply referring to him as "electricity".
They were doing the 1000m intervals in turns; Geoffrey Kamworor would lead in one interval, Emmanuel Mutai would take another, then the student fans would get excited when it was finally Kipchoge's turn. "It is now the turn of electricity," they would say. It will be interesting to watch him run together with his training mate, Mutai, this weekend.
It was Emmanuel Mutai who chased Dennis Kimetto till he broke the world record during the last edition of the Berlin marathon. This year, he will also be lining up the starting line together with Kipchoge and Geoffrey Mutai, another strong Kenyan with a very fast personal best time.
Eliud Kipchoge, who has never been defeated by anyone since he started his marathon career, apart from Wilson Kipsang. Kipchoge did pay Kipsang back by defeating him at this year's London marathon, is seen by many as the strongest contestant of the three Kenyans.
London marathon in April was more challenging for Kipchoge. Both the former and the current world record holders, Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto, were there in the race and a win for Kipchoge was not going to come easy. Both Geoffrey Mutai and Emmanuel Mutai were also there. Having come out victorious, Kipchoge must now be having some extra confidence ahead of the Sunday's race. After the London marathon, the elated Kipchoge had expressed his happiness at having won a marathon that is often considered by many as "the major of the major marathons." If he could win London, Berlin should be easier for him.
Geoffrey Mutai with a personal best time of 2:03:02 will be another man to watch in Berlin. Although the Boston and New York City marathon course record holder has not been in his best form in the last two years, he is one talented runner and can possibly be able to pull a surprise in Berlin having won the same marathon in 2012.
One interesting fact to note ahead of this race is that Emmanuel Mutai ran a time of 2:03:52 in Chicago in 2013 before running 2:03:13 last year on the Berlin course. It is an indication that he has a strong possibility of running a sub 2:04 time again this year. And while seen as the favorite to win, Eliud Kipchoge has a personal best time of 2:04:05. It looks like if Kipchoge is to beat Emmanuel Mutai, and Geoffrey Mutai too who has a PB of 2:03:02, then he should be ready to run a new personal best time.
Another fact is that both Eliud Kipchoge and Emmanuel Mutai train together in the same group. The two have the potential to break a world record if they work together for the sake of their training group, both of them will definitely try to make it happen. In as long as the two will also be in the leading pack, they will also be supporting each other mentally by just knowing that the person they did the same workouts together is still there.
By the look of things, Berlin marathon promises to be another exciting and a fast race this year too.

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