New marathon world record holder Dennis Kimetto has warned his rivals he wants to dominate the event for the next 10 years.
Kimetto, who set the new mark of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds in Berlin on Sunday, will be 40 years old in 2024, but he sees no reason why he can't remain at the very top of the discipline.
"I think I could still be a very good runner ten years from now, at 40," he was quoted as saying on the IAAF website.
And as a relatively late starter, in terms of elite level, few would argue with him. Having burst onto the scene in 2012 when, relatively unknown to the international scene, he stormed to victory against a high-class field in the prestigious Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking of that victory, he commented; "I stood on the start line and looked around. I felt scared, seeing runners like Wilson Kipsang alongside me. Nobody knew who I was."
After his win in a time of 1:00:40, people started to take note. He then went under the hour mark for the first time just over a month later, like Sunday, in Berlin.
Since then, Kimetto has continued his development and rise up the rankings. In his marathon debut, on the same course as the weekend's record, he finished just behind compatriot Geoffrey Mutai in what is the fastest 26.2 mile debut race in history.
That development culminated in Sunday's race victory and, for the second year running, breaking of the world record. Where, in 2013, Wilson Kipsang ran 2:03:23, Kimetto stormed to a time 26 seconds faster. If he carries on this form, then who can doubt he will be around for many years to come?
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