Cape Town - Newly crowned marathon world record-holder Kenyan Dennis Kimetto says it would be an honour
to compete in a major race on African soil.
Kimetto covered the 42.2km
Berlin Marathon course in 2:02:57, smashing the previous record set by his compatriot,
Wilson Kipsang, in Berlin last year, by 26 seconds.
Both Kimetto and Kipsang will have an opportunity to
engage South Africans when they address the Global Athletics Conference 2014
that takes place in Durban on November 14-15.
Hosted by Kwazulu-Natal
Athletics and Athletics South Africa, the Global Athletics Conference (@GAC_2014)
will bring some of the foremost athletics and sports business professionals to
Durban to engage with delegates from across Africa.
“I’ve competed all over the world against very, very
talented runners. From the US to Berlin the competition is incredible. It would
be an immense opportunity for my career to have this level of competition in
Africa,” said Kimetto.
“I do believe that this is possible.”
Kimetto said he planned to talk about performance and
training at the GAC 2014.
“I felt very good running in Berlin and felt that I
could break the record. There is much talent in Africa and I do believe that
with the right mentality and knowledge we can achieve much more on the world
Fellow Kenyan Kipsang agreed saying that empowering
the African athletics community would go a long way to improving the sport on
“African countries could benefit from having world
class international events. Not only would it create opportunities for local
runners and unearth new talent. These events would also have economic benefits
for the cities and countries that host them,” he said.
KZN Athletics president Sello Mokoena said the benefit
of learning from two of the world’s greatest runners was an opportunity of a
lifetime for South African sport.
“We in the athletics fraternity know exactly how much
commitment and dedication go into what the likes of Kimetto and Kipsang have
achieved. We know that their skill and passion will not only upskill us but
inspire us to reach for greatness in the sport we love,” said Mokoena.
counting down the days to GAC 2014 in what should be an exciting new era for
athletics in South Africa and indeed Africa.”