Eliud Kipchoge sets eyes on new marathon record

Iconic marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has set his eyes on breaking the world record in Sunday’s London Marathon.

The 34-year-old Kenyan holds the current record, which he set at last year’s Berlin Marathon. He set a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds, 78 seconds off the previous best.

While breaking that record seems like a near-impossible task, Kipchoge believes that taking charge of his state of mind can propel him to set a new record.

“The mind is what drives a human being,” BBC Sport quotes Kipchoge. “If you have that belief – pure belief in your heart – that you want to be successful then you can talk to your mind and your mind will control you to be successful.

“My mind is always free. My mind is flexible.

“I want to show the world that you can go beyond your thoughts, you can break more than you think you can break.”

Kipchoge will however face stiff competition from a number of great runners including British marathoner Mo Farah, who has a personal best time of 2:05.11.

Sunday’s race begins at 08:05GMT.