Geoffrey Mutai aims to break Ottawa 10km record and possible WR attempt
Posted 3 years ago
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.