London, Aug. 12 (CNA) Taiwanese marathon runner Chang Chia-che said that he hopes to enjoy the experience of running in London, as he prepared for his first Olympics competition that will take place Sunday.
Chang, 29, arrived in London on July 22 along with other Taiwanese track and field athletes who have since returned to Taiwan.
The competitors in the men's marathon, which is scheduled for the last day of Olympics, will run on a route that goes past some of the city's most famous landmarks such as The Mall and Buckingham Palace.
Chang said that since his arrival in London, the only major attraction he has visited is St. Paul's Cathedral because he wants to see the city with fresh eyes during the race.
His personal best time in a marathon is 2 hours 16 minutes 06 seconds, which was set in North Korea in April. He expressed the hope that he could complete the London Olympics marathon in under 2:18.
The national record in the men's marathon event was established in 1995 by Hsu Chi-sheng, who clocked 2:14:35 in Japan. Chang's record in North Korea is the next best national time.
The world record for marathon is 2:03:38 and the Olympic record, 2:06:32.
Taiwan has won two medals so far in the 2012 London Olympics -- a silver by Hsu Shu-ching in the women's 53kg weightlifting category and a bronze by Tseng Li-cheng in the women's under 57-kg taekwondo competition.
(By Lee Yu-cheng and Nell Shen)