Eliud Kipchoge is aiming to be the third man to defend the Olympics men’s marathon title on Saturday at 11:59 BST; Kipchoge talks about participation in the Games being a “signof hope to the entire world”. World record-holder, competing against Team GB’s Callum Hawkins and Chris Thompson.
Last updated: 07/08/21 at 1:35pm
Eliud Kipchoge is confident in capturing back-to-back Olympic marathon titles for Kenya and feels that the Tokyo Games are a sign of hope for those who struggled during the coronavirus epidemic.
These Olympics are unlike any other in history, with no stadiums and strict coronavirus protocols. However, the performances of many 11,000 athletes have provided inspiration over the past two weeks.
Sky Brown, a skateboarder sensation from Sky was just thirteen years old and 28 days. She became Britain’s youngest ever medallist. Simone Biles, a four-time champion in gymnastics, put her mental well being first. She fought against a spatial awareness problem to win a bronze medal.
New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard was the first transgender Olympian. Diver Tom Daley wanted to share his synchronised 10m platform medal as a way for the LGBT+ community to be inspired.
Elaine Thompson Herah of Jamaica won a stunning double-double in both the 100m & 200m. The likes of Karsten Warholm in Norway and Sydney McLaughlin from the USA (400m hurdles), and Britain’s 4x100m mixed-medley swimming team have set world records.
Kipchoge is the first man to complete a marathon under 2 hours in an official race. He hopes to be the third consecutive gold medalist in the men’s marathon when he takes to the streets of Sapporo, Hokkaido.
He said that his participation, as well as our participation in Tokyo Olympic Games, was a sign to all of the world, telling Sky Sports.
It’s an indication that we are really preparing for some of the most memorable moments in our lives, where we will be able to live normal life again. There is light at the end of [the tunnel].
My training is complete and I’m excited for the race in Sapporo. To me, the Olympic race is my favorite. To defend my Rio title, Japan will be home. A second Olympic marathon medal would make the world of difference to me. pic.twitter.com/jV5zpuYi2k
Eliud Kipchoge — EGH (@EliudKipchoge), July 26, 2021
Kipchoge’s Kenya, like many other east African countries, has only 2.35 percent of its 53,000,000 population being vaccinated for coronavirus. The disease claimed 4,088 lives there since the outbreak.
Three-time Olympic gold medallist, he is keen to emphasize that even though the marathons are taking place amid huge logistical problems and immense suffering around the world is an encouraging sign after a difficult year.
Kipchoge said, “We’re going to Sapporo because we believe that things can get better” and to demonstrate that it is possible to live normal lives.
A 36-year old long-distance runner will join an exclusive club with only two men, Abebe Bikala of Ethiopia (1960-1964) and East German Waldemar Zierpinski (1976-1980) in defense of an Olympic title for the men’s race.
Kipchoge will be running alongside his compatriots Amos Kipruto, Lawrence Cherono and Lawrence Cherono. He holds the world record for 2:01:39, which he established in Berlin three year ago. In the last race prior to the Games, he ran 2:04:30.
These Games have seen Kenya win nine medals. Faith Kipyegon retained her 1,500m title and Emmanuel Korir won the 800m men’s race. Peres Jepchirchir was the winner of the women’s marathon.
He stated that he was still hungry to run in the Olympic Games, winning a medal and feel refreshed every morning.
Kipchoge stated, “Actually, if I win an gold medal that will be the greatest in terms of personal accomplishments,”
“I value the Olympic Games and am fighting hard for them.
I could feel more content if the coronavirus was absent and there were cheering fans on our journey. We give them hope. That is why running is so important.
We respect all authorities and all challenges. Marathon is life, and marathons are necessary to safeguard the lives of others. Even without supporters, I am excited to race in Sapporo.
It is an exciting time to be in Japan’s Olympic Village.
We are so fortunate to be able run the Olympic marathon at such unusual times. My Olympic title of Rio de Janeiro marathon runner will be upheld on Sunday. It will be a great event. Niko tayari. pic.twitter.com/8u0DX7jAN2
— Eliud Kipchoge – EGH (@EliudKipchoge) August 4, 2021
At 11:45 BST Saturday, the temperature in Sapporo (or Japan on Sunday) will be at a scorching 31°C. There is sunshine throughout the day and it will also be humid.
The Kenyan is not worried about the forecast, as he plans to continue his five-year old title and silver and bronze medals in the 5000m at both the Beijing 2008 Games and Athens 2004 Games.
His biggest challenges are Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Shura Kitata from Ethiopia, who is the world champion, as well as countryman Cherono.
Callum Hawkins is aiming to reach his fourth top 10 global ranking and heads up the British team with Chris Thompson, Ben Connor and Ben Connor.
Kipchoge joked that “all of us” would be in the same pan. The “best one” will be victorious.
Kipchoge has had a hectic time with the pandemic. He lives in an isolated village in Rift Valley, north-west Kenya. There is a farm where the father of three lives with his wife, and he raises chickens, sheep, and cows.
In June, the documentary The Last Milestone was released. It recounts his efforts to complete a marathon of less than two hours in Vienna, Austria, in the Ineos 1:159 challenge.
Because of his passion for learning and reading, Kipchoge is known as “The Philosopher” because he spends most of the time he’s not in Japan poring over The Promised Land.
In 2004, he was already the world junior record holder and he finished 3rd in the 5000m at just 19 years old.
Kipchoge has been a long-distance runner for over a decade and is now the most successful man in his field, with eleven first-place finishes at Olympic, Commonwealth Games, and World competitions.
Although he admits that the marathon took him less than two hours, he insists that his mental approach to life has not changed over the years.
He said, “Life has changed for me because I have inspired so many people. But mentally, I have never changed.”
A normal race is one that takes less than two hours. If you’re ready to run, any athlete can do it. There are many ways that a world record holder can finish in one hour and 59 mins.
It was a huge difference that I was young at Athens 2004, which was my first Olympics. It was my first Olympics and I was fresh to it. “I ran 5,000m back then, and I now run a marathon in Sapporo.”
Kipchoge answered that he only cares about winning the gold medal for now when he was asked if the Sapporo race would be his final.
He said, “The end to my career will automatically happen that’s for certain, that’s what’s in my mind, however, for the moment I still want more competition.”
Although my mind remains focused on the Olympic Games, you will still find me about. “I still have a desire to travel the globe and inspire others.
Publited Sat, 07 August 2021 at 12:40:34 (+0000).