Kolkata: Long-distance runner from Ethiopia, Kenenisa Bekele holds the world record and Olympic record in both 5,000 and 10,000 metre events. He is currently in Kolkata to take at the TSK 25K Kolkata marathon for the first time. The star runner wants to break the record in both the categories before his retirement.
“My plan is to break that record before I retire. I want to break marathon record before I retire. So of course, my time is second best in the world this time (Berlin marathon 2016) but still you know I have capacity to run faster and in better time,” said Bekele.
In the 2016 Berlin marathon, Bekele missed the world record time of 2:02:57 set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto by six seconds. Kimetto set the record in Berlin, 2014.
“Before the race I could not expect to run that close to world record. But just after I finished the race I was disappointed a lot because I had the capacity to do that record. I could not plan to do that,” Bekele said of the 2016 race where he fierely fought with former world record holder Wilson Kipsang who finished in 2:03:13, a personal best that’s 10 seconds faster than the world mark he set in Berlin in 2013.
Bekele’s timing in 2016 Berlin marathon was 02:03:03.
Asked how he keeps himself motivated after winning so many medals, Bekele said “I cannot run just for my feeling, there is money supporters behind me. People also encourage me to run and represent my country. All that is keeping me motivated every time. I am happy to be best in every races.”
Bekele also said that training nowadays is sometimes painful.
“Sometimes I don’t enjoy training. Everyday running hard, waking up early morning and running twice a day is not easy. It’s hard work. I am not really close to retiring so I have to do it now.”