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Geoffrey Mutai aims to break Ottawa 10km record and possible WR attempt

Posted 4 years ago

Record breaking has become a habit for Geoffrey Mutai and the organisers of the Ottawa 10km, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race, are hoping that the Kenyan can continue his addiction when he lines up in the Canadian capital on 26 May.

He set course records in winning both the Boston and New York marathons in 2011 and he then went on to win the 2012 Berlin Marathon in a personal best of 2:04:15 - the fourth fastest time in history.

This is the man who recorded history's fastest marathon, 2:03:02 on the point-to-point Boston course, which is not eligible for world record purposes.

Although he has become renowned for his Marathon victories, the 31-year-old is also a very competent runner over shorter distance, and set a brilliant course record of 27:19 at the 2011 Boston 10km, the ninth fastest time ever run.

A year ago, he won the Ottawa 10km in 27:47, crossing the line with almost a minute to spare. Assisted by Charles Kimeli, his friend and favourite pacemaker, Mutai reckons he can challenge both the course record of 27:24, set by Ethiopia's Deriba Merga in 2009 and, possibly, Leonard Komon's world record of 26:44.

"The course in Ottawa is not bad so I think a world record is, maybe, possible," said Mutai.

"But for a 10km race it's very important that weather conditions are good. I will need an athlete who can run a stable speed as pacemaker. I prefer a pacemaker from my own training group who knows me and I know him.

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