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Eliud Kipchoge Wins Tokyo Olympics Marathon


Abdi Negeeye of the Netherlands settled for silver as Abi of Belgium took bronze, both snatching the podium places away from Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono with 20 metres to go.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge reminded the whole world of his greatness in the marathon races as he retained his Olympic marathon gold by finishing in a time of 2:08:38 on Sunday, August 8 in Tokyo.

Abdi Negeeye of the Netherlands settled for silver as Abi of Belgium took bronze, both snatching the podium places away from Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono with 20 metres to go.

Kipchoge made the decisive surge at the 30km mark and never looked back, handing the rest of the field a lesson in marathon running in the scorching heat in Sapporo.

Eliud Kipchoge crossing the finish line after dominating the men’s Olympic marathon on Sunday, August 8. /TWITTER 

Kipchoge is the world record holder over the distance. He also becomes the first man in over 40 years to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the men’s marathon.

Kenya’s prowess in the marathon races also continues, as they now have three Olympic gold medals in the last 4 editions of the games. Kipchoge won in 2016 before Sunday, August 8 while the late Samuel Wanjiru won the 2008 edition in Beijing.

Kipchoge’s winning margin of 1:20 was the biggest since Frank Shorter’s win in the 1972 Munich Games. 

Victory in the NN Mission Marathon staged on April 18, 2021 at Twente Airport in Netherlands showed fans just how capable Kipchoge was in answering the call to take on the grand stages.

Kipchoge had won that race with a time of 2:04:29, with training mate Jonathan Korir coming in second place at 2:06:05. 

Eritrean Goitom Kifle took third place, finishing four minutes after Kipchoge with 2:08:07

Kipchoge’s win had put away the events of his shock dip in form at the 2020 London Marathon, with many claiming that his time was over after he finished in 8th place prior to the race in Netherlands.

His victory on Sunday came just a day after Kenya recorded a 1-2 finish in the women’s version, Peres Jepchirchir and Brigid Kosgei taking gold and silver.

The World half marathon champion led compatriot Brigid Kosgei to a 1-2 sweep in the medals in a race that reminded the world what Kenyan athletes can do in marathon races.

Jepchirchir finished with a time of 2:27:20, 16 seconds ahead of Kosgei. Molly Seidel of USA took bronze, 26 seconds behind Kosgei, despite putting up a brilliant fight under the scorching heat in Sapporo.

Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir celebrates winning the Women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympic Games on August 7, 2021. /TWITTER



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