How do we consider Wilson Kipsang for the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon?
In 2013, at this very race, Wilson Kipsgang broke the world record in the marathon with his 2:03.23. But, as they say, records are not made to last, and this one made it one year, as Dennis Kimeto ran 2:02.57, a new world record, in the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon. Kipsang won the NYC Marathon in 2014. In 2015, Kipsang was second in London, in 2:04.27, and dnfed in Beijing WC 2015.
In 2016, Wilson Kipsang showed that, once again, he was unique. His battle with Kenenisa Bekele in BMW Berlin Marathon in 2016 came down to ten seconds. Bekele, the 5k/10k world record holder, ran 2:03.03, the second fastest EVER. In second place, Wilson Kipsang, set a new PB, with 2:03.13.
What will Wilson Kipsang do in 2018? He looks ready to roll.
Consider 2017. Wilson Kipsang was sick in Berlin, and dropped out. Less than two months later, he took 2nd in NYC Marathon, pushing Geoffrey Kamworor to very end. Wilson Kipsang, at 36, has four sub 2:04 medals to his credit. Watch him on Sunday, very closely.
This is an interview with Wilson Kipsang, by Andy Edwards, of Race News Service, done just prior to the 2018 race. We thank Andy Edwards and Joerg Wenig on their kind support of runblogrun, through their coverage.