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'New world record will be broken soon'

india Updated: Feb 09, 2012 00:09 IST

Two of Kenya's most celebrated runners - Ibrahim Hussein and Paul Tergat - have predicted the current marathon world record of 2:03.38 won't stand for long. "During my time we were doing 2:08. I was instrumental in convincing Paul Tergat, while he was still a cross-country runner, to switch to the marathon and run a 2:04 which he did and went ahead and broke the world record," three-time Boston Marathon winner Ibrahim Hussein said Tuesday in Nairobi during the launch of the UNEP half-Marathon scheduled for February 19.

Hussein, who is also a three-time winner of the Honolulu Marathon and the New York City Marathon, predicted that current record holder Patrick Makau was capable of running a 2:02 in future.

Tergat, who set a world marathon record time of 2:04.55 in 2003 at the Berlin Marathon which was subsequently lowered to 2:04.26 in 2007 along the same course, said he believed that the world record would be broken by another Kenyan.

"I am happy that the world record came home to where it belongs and I will be much happier if the mark is lowered by my fellow countryman," he said.

Kenya has the deepest pool of marathon runners in the world and the Kenyan athletics federation picked a team of twelve out of a pool of over 150 to represent the country at the 2012 Olympics.