By Susan Porter, World-Track
LONDON — Kenya’s Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru has set his sights on breaking the marathon world record currently being held by Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie.
Gebrselassie announced this week that he will go after his world record time of two hours three minutes and 59 seconds on the fast course in Dubai on January 22, but Wanjiru believes he has the ability to succeed Gebrselassie next September over the same fast course in Berlin where his Ethiopian rival set the mark in 2008.
“I want to defend my London Marathon title in April and then my plan is to break the world record in Berlin,” said Wanjiru, who will turn 23 next week.
“I feel very positive that I can do it and will be concentrating and making it my main target for next year.
“It is a hard record but I feel I am capable of doing it.”