Kipchoge renewed his Rio Olympic victory, dimmer medals for Holland and Belgium.
Kenya pre-favorite Eliud Kipchoge has run the marathon Olympic gold for the second time in a row. The overwhelming Kipchoge ran the trip in a time of 2.08.38. The race was run in Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido early in the morning.
Silver ran for Holland Abdi Nageeye and bronze in Belgium Bashir Abdi. Nageeye, who ran second to the finish line, fell short of Kipchogen’s pace by a minute and 20 seconds, the highest winning margin at the 1972 Olympic Marathon in Munich.
The top group of about ten men remained piled up for 30 miles, after which Kipchoge settled the race and broke away from their competitors. At 35 miles, he already had a 27-second lead.
Kipchoge also received a gold medal around his neck in Rio in 2016.
“This means a lot to me, especially this time. It was tough last year when the Olympics were postponed. I am glad that the local organizers now made this a success. This is a sign that we are moving in the right direction – we are returning to a normal life, ”Kipchoge told AFP.
Kipchoge has dominated the marathon in recent years. He has run 15 racing marathons since 2013, of which he has won 13. In 2019, Kipchoge also made history by being the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours in a race tailored for him, which is not accepted as an official world record. There is also an official ME time of 2.01.39 in the name of Kipchogen.
Olympic marathons were run in Sapporo instead of Tokyo to make temperatures more tolerable. However, the goal was not fully achieved, as despite its northern location, Sapporo was 27 degrees warm on Sunday morning and the humidity was 80 percent.
The race had to be suspended by, among others, the London 2012 Olympic champion, Uganda Stephen Kiprotich, as well as Kipchogen last year at the London Marathon defeated Ethiopia Shura Kitata Tola.
Kenya was invincible in the marathons of the Tokyo Games, as the country took over in the women’s marathon run on Saturday Peres Jepchirchirin led by a double victory.