The 2009 World marathon silver medallist Emmanuel Mutai has only won two of his 15 marathon races since making debut over the distance at 2007 Rotterdam.
Mutai, who will be making his 16th career marathon race appearance at this year’s Berlin Marathon on Sunday in Germany, has finished second, only winning one World Marathon Majors race in 2011 London.
Despite his consistency, Mutai has played second fiddle thrice at London, twice at New York City and once in Chicago and Berlin respectively.
However, Mutai is determined exorcise the demons by going for victory on his second return at Berlin’s fast course where he faces among others London Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Mutai.
“From the statics, I am one of the most consistent marathoner but I have won only one race in the World Majors and that is what will inspire me to victory on Sunday,” said Mutai, a father of three, who has been training in Kaptagat for the last 10 years.
Mutai, who expects a fast race once again, said the World Record of 2:02:57 could go up in smoke but that will depend on several factors including how the marathoners will wake up on the day, the weather conditions and the pacemakers.