Kelvin Kiptum, the new champion in town, is ready to take on two-time Olympic marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge.
Kiptum, who just broke the marathon world record in Chicago on Sunday, said he is also ready to represent his country at the Olympics in Paris next year.
Kiptum was speaking at the Weston Hotel after returning from the United States, where he broke the marathon world record by winning the Chicago Marathon in two hours and 35 seconds.
On October 10, 2023, new marathon world record holder Kelvin Kiptum speaks at a press conference at the Weston Hotel in Nairobi. With a new time of 2:00:35, he set a new marathon world record.
Kiptum cut 34 seconds off the previous marathon world record in 2:01:09 set by Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
The 23-year-old made history as the first man to run a marathon under two hours and one minute.
“It will be exciting to meet Kipchoge, who has inspired many…I am ready to race against him,” said Kiptum, adding it was not his intention to break the world record in Chicago.
“It has always been my dream to compete for Kenya and I will be ready to do that at the Paris Olympics,” added Kiptum.
“It was my dream to one day hold a marathon world record. I had planned for it in Chicago but next year or even 2025.” “Fortunately, it just came in Chicago and it’s a dream come true. I am happy.”
Kiptum said he has not been in touch with Kipchoge since breaking his world record.
“I have not spoken to him and I am not aware if he has talked about Chicago Marathon,” said Kiptum.