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Just over three months since running the second fastest marathon time in history, Ethiopian Olympic legend Kenenisa Bekele has confirmed his appearance at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on January 20.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist stormed to victory in the Berlin Marathon in September crossing the finish line in 2h:03m:03s, just six seconds short of Dennis Kimetto’s world record (2h:02m:57s).

And after voicing his disappointment at missing out on the world record, Bekele is targeting Dubai for the next chapter in his marathon running career. It will be his second appearance in the world’s richest marathon after an injury forced him to pull up on his Dubai debut in 2015.

In Berlin, the former Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion not only took two minutes off his marathon personal best but also set a new Ethiopian national record. “It was fantastic for me to get a personal best, but I’m still disappointed to have missed out on the world record,” said Bekele, who also finished third (2:06:36) at the London Marathon in 2016.  “I knew I had trained well and I knew what my strengths were,” said Bekele, who remains convinced he can run faster than his winning 2:03:03.

As well as targeting a personal best and course record in Dubai, Bekele – who has 16 World Championship titles to his name and remains World Record holder on the track at both 5,000 and 10,000m – is also giving serious consideration to running the 2017 World Championships. “If the federation selects me, I’ll run the Worlds in London,” he added.