36year old Eliud Kipchoge made history at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by winning gold. He becomes the third man to win consecutive marathon titles.
He clocked 2 hours 8 minutes 38 seconds. A. Nageeye from Netherlands followed at 2 hours 9 minutes 58 seconds. “That’s my total happiness, my inspiration for the next generation; he said. “I think I fulfilled the legacy by winning the marathon for the second time,” he said following his win.
He Joins Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila (1960, 1964) and East Germany’s Waldemar (1976, 1980) becoming the third runner to win consecutively.
He took full control after the 30km mark in the race that saw 106 runners who were representing 45 countries. “It’s amazing we can share this moment. It’s crazy.” Nageeye said . Since Frank Shorters win in 1972, his margin of 80seconds is the biggest.
He trained diligently for this race attributing his ”systems” for his triumphs , team mates who pushes him and an excellent coach.
He held up two fingers in acknowledgement of his sequential marathon titles.
30 runners did not finish the race that kick started from Odori Park amid humid conditions