Kenya's world marathon record holder Dennis Kimetto was on Friday honoured with an official Guinness World Records certificate ahead of his much-anticipated debut at the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday.
The 31-year-old was presented with the award at an event at ExCeL London after setting the world record for Fastest Marathon in Berlin, Germany in September last year.
The incredible display of pace and stamina saw [link id="566" tax="post_tag" text="Dennis Kimetto"] reach the finish line in an unprecedented time of 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds, beating his compatriot [link id="299" tax="post_tag" text="Wilson Kipsang"]’s previous benchmark time by 26 seconds.
Speaking after the presentation, Dennis Kimetto said: “I am really happy to receive my award for my marathon record - it's an honour”.
“I am excited about this year's [link id="365" tax="post_tag" text="London marathon"] - I have trained hard the past three months and I feel good...I even feel better in myself more than I did before the [link id="296" tax="post_tag" text="Berlin marathon"] so I have a great chance.”
The certificate presentation comes ahead of Kimetto’s long awaited head-to-head against his friend and fellow countryman Kipsang in Sunday's Virgin Money London Marathon.