The second Press Conference of the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon is running royalty; four of the elite men and the fastest four people at last year’s London Marathon; Stanley Biwott, Wilson Kipsang, Dennis Kimetto and, last year’s winner, Eliud Kipchoge.
These four men have all run a 26.2 mile marathon in under 2 hours and 5 minutes – an incredible feat. Eliud Kipchoge, last year’s winner and always a source of wisdom tells us;
we don’t only run with our legs, we run with our hearts and minds”
When asked what makes his coach so special, he tells us that his coach is “more than a running coach, he’s a life coach too”.
Dennis Kimetto was up next and, although he’s the current World Record holder after running the Berlin Marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes, he’ll be hoping to do better in London this year after Kipsang and Kipchoge stormed ahead of him not far from the final stretch last year. When asked, Kimetto said
I’m going to give the others a tougher race then last year.”
Thirdly, we heard from the always smiling Wilson Kipsang, according to the compere “a man who doesn’t like to lose“. This sounds as though it will be accurate as he tells us he has thoroughly analysed what went wrong last year, when he just missed out to Kipchoge, and has been undertaking different style of training sessions.
When asked how running the London Marathon compares to running a marathon in the Olympics – which all the Kenyans are hoping to qualify for with their times on Sunday – Kipsang says that the Olympics is a special event as it’s against people from all over the world, but the expectations of the audience is huge at the London Marathon and is unlike anything else in the world.
Finally, Dennis Biwott took the mic. Biwott – who will turn 30 tomorrow – won the New York Marathon last November and says he has confidence this year after his preparations
I am ready now. This is my fourth time running, I know the course better, I have more experience”
He adds that although the Olympics is a big focus, especially as the London Marathon is where they will hopefully qualify, he is concentrating on Sunday as a race itself.