Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge was all smiles as he confirmed his readiness for another ‘good race’ on Sunday (25 September) at the Berlin Marathon.

Kenyan long distance star Eliud Kipchoge has fuelled talk of another world record performance in the Berlin Marathon Sunday, saying "I am trying to set a course record".

The course record was set by Kipchoge in 2018 in a world record time of 2:01:39. Sunday's race will be the first time the 37-year-old takes part in the showpiece Berlin event since making history in 2018.

I am absolutely in shape that’s why I am here. I expect a very good race on Sunday,” said Kipchoge at the event press conference held on Friday in Berlin where he has been training since Tuesday.

The 37-year-old hopes to maintain his usual trademark smile when he crosses the finish line, in what could be the fastest ever time over the 42.195 km race.

Adola, who won the 2021 edition of the race and finished just 14 seconds behind Kipchoge at the 2017 Berlin marathon, said he was not focused on beating the world-record holder.

Sitting alongside Adola and Ghebreslassie, two of his biggest competitors on Sunday, Kipchoge doubled down on his self-focused message.

"Berlin is a very good place where people can push their limits. I don't know what my limits in Berlin will be, but I will try to push myself." Around 45,000 runners have registered for the event.