Battle of the titans as Kipchoge, Bekele and Kipsang aim for the Marathon record

Battle of the titans as Kipchoge, Bekele and Kipsang aim for the Marathon record

Battle of the titans as Kipchoge, Bekele and Kipsang aim for the Marathon record

Photo credits: SCC Events / Victah Sailer

Sunday’s eagerly awaited 44th BMW Berlin Marathon promises a thrilling showdown as three of the best runners seek to lower the Dennis Kimetto's 2:02.57 mark set three years ago on the same route.

Reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, defending champion Kenenisa Bekele and the former world record holder Wilson Kipsang are all in and raring to take on the course in what promises another Kenya versus Ethiopia epic show down.

Kipchoge clocked 2:00:25 Nike Breaking-2 Project in Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy in early May , feat that gives him confidence for Sunday's world record attempt.

"I was very close to breaking the two-hour barrier in Monza. Now I believe the BMW Berlin Marathon is the perfect venue for attacking the official world record

"Victory on its own is no success – it is simply a necessity. There are three of us and there will be only one winner,” said Eliud Kipchoge.

All the three athletes have run under two hours and four minutes. Bekele leads with 2:03:03 with Kipchoge second on 2:03:05. Kipsang's personal best is 2:03:13.

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