Kipchoge defends Olympic marathon title
|Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8|
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Eliud Kipchoge says he has “fulfilled” his legacy after the Kenyan grew to become the primary athlete since 1980 to retain an Olympic marathon title at Tokyo 2020.
Kipchoge, solely the third particular person to win successive Olympic marathons, completed in two hours eight minutes 38 seconds.
Thought to be the best marathon runner of all time, the 36-year-old crossed the road one minute 20 seconds forward of the Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye.
Within the race for bronze, Belgian Bashir Abdi edged out Kenyan Lawrence Cherono.
“I feel I’ve fulfilled the legacy by profitable the marathon for the second time, back-to-back. I hope now to assist encourage the following technology,” world document holder Kipchoge stated.
“Tokyo 2020 has occurred, it means rather a lot. It means there’s hope. It means we’re heading in the right direction to a standard life,” he instructed BBC Sport. “We’re on the observe to our regular lives, that’s the which means of the Olympics.
“I’m comfortable to defend my title and to indicate the following technology, when you respect the game and be disciplined you possibly can accomplish your project.”
It’s a fourth Olympic medal for Kipchoge, who famously recorded the first sub two hour marathon in 2019.
Kipchoge suffered his first marathon defeat in seven years in London final October, however he regarded in management all through the race in Sapporo, Japan, earlier than transferring effectively away from the sphere after 30km.
The Kenyan – whose official marathon document is the two:01:39 he ran in Berlin in 2018 – gained 5,000m bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008, earlier than claiming his first Olympic gold in Rio 5 years in the past.
Britain’s Chris Thompson was 54th in 2:21:29, nonetheless compatriots Callum Hawkins and Ben Connor didn’t end the race.
Scottish document holder Hawkins, who collapsed within the Gold Coast warmth on the 2018 Commonwealth Video games, had positioned ninth on his Olympics debut in Rio however was unable to stick with the leaders earlier than withdrawing earlier than the 30-kilometre mark.
On Friday, Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir gained the ladies’s marathon in 28C warmth and, whereas the temperatures reached 27C on Saturday, the lads benefitted from elevated cloud cowl.
Brazil’s Daniel Do Nascimento suffered a nasty wanting fall when within the lead group and was among the many 30 athletes to tug out.