Kenenisa Bekele will make a new attack on Eliud Kipchoge's world record at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
The Ethiopian made an unsuccessful attempt in the German capital two years ago.
In 2019, Bekele remained two seconds above the global top time that Kipchoge set in Berlin in 2018: 2.01.39.
Last year the Berlin marathon was canceled due to the corona pandemic.
"Two years ago I was a bit hesitant to run at the world record pace. I mainly tried to improve my personal record," said 39-year-old Bekele.
He only noticed at the end of the marathon that he was very close to the world record.
"I now know what pace to run. I'm confident. I'm going to do my best to beat the record."
Kipchoge is absent from Berlin
The organization of the marathon in Berlin is counting on 25,000 participants.
Kipchoge, who extended his Olympic marathon title in Sapporo last summer, is not among them and Bekele hopes to benefit from that.
The Ethiopian became infected with the corona virus nine months ago.
"It took a month to get over that, but I'm in great shape now. I've prepared well, although it's difficult after two years without competitions," said the athlete, who also wants to participate in the New York Marathon on November 7 .
"Both in terms of course and strategy, these are two very different competitions. Because of COVID-19 I have not been able to run competitions for two years, so I wanted to seize the opportunity to run two marathons in six weeks again. That should work."
The Rotterdam Marathon will also be run this year.
The event was supposed to be held in the spring, but will now take place on October 24 due to the corona vicissitudes.Keywords: