Hellen Obiri sets timeline for breaking world marathon record

ATHLETICS Hellen Obiri sets timeline for breaking world marathon record

Abigael Wafula 16:34 - 27.11.2023

Hellen Obiri has expressed confidence in running clocking 2:11:00 over the marathon.

Reigning New York City Marathon champion Hellen Obiri believes it will take her around two years to run 2:11:00 in a marathon.

Obiri explained that her coach Dathan Ritzenhein believes in her potential and she remains optimistic that one day, she will break the barrier.

She added that her coach is the one who sees what she can achieve and with proper training, anything is possible. The women's world record in the marathon currently stands at 2:11:53 and was set by Ethiopia's Tigst Assefa. 

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“I believe I can because you know sometimes a coach is the one who sees what you are doing. He always knows when I’m in good shape and he will tell me…I always don’t know much.

"Dathan always tells me I can do 2:11 but not now, it might take like two years for me to accomplish the mission. I do believe I can,” Obiri said.

The Kenyan made her full marathon debut at the 2022 New York City Marathon and finished sixth in a Personal Best time of 2:25:49.

The two-time world 5000m champion then opened her season at the Boston Marathon earlier this year with a commanding win, clocking 2:21:38 to cut the tape.

She then extended her winning streak to the 2023 New York City Marathon where she dominated, clocking 2:27:23 to win the race.

Obiri has been in the form of her life this season, going unbeaten in the marathons and half marathons and only lost one race, the Mastercard New York Mini 10K where she finished second behind Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi.