Eliud Kipchoge Has Successfully Defended His Olympic Marathon Title

Eliud Kipchoge Has Successfully Defended His Olympic Marathon Title

The world record holder in the men’s marathon has retained his Olympic marathon gold medal that was won years back in Rio de Janeiro.

There were 106 runners who participated in the marathon from 45 countries but some were also from the Olympic Refugee Team (ORT). Although the weather condition was very hot and the athletes managed to run in those harsh conditions. The temperature at the start of the race was 26˚C and 80% humidity with wind 14kph from the southeast.

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The pace was very slow from the first 5km split. They did a time of 15:17 seconds which was about 2:09 pace. There was a very large group up to the 2okm split in 30:53 which was, even more, slower than the first 5km split.

The 15km split was very impressive and the time was 46:03. The weather conditions were rising gradually, 27˚C at the 15km mark. There was a steady pace and still, the park was very large.

They passed halfway in 65:13 seconds that’s was a 2:10:26 pace marathon. South Africa’s Stephen Mokoka was in the leading group through the half.

The 25k mark has seen the large group open for few athletes and they are racing to the medal zone. The world record holder Eliud Kipchoge was the athlete to cross the 25km mark, in 67:24 seconds – which was 2:10:38 but was slower than his Rio 2016 pace.

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The world’s fastest man broke away from the park at the 30km mark and it was clear he was going straight to the finish line. Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto were alongside the world record holder but they moved back to the chasing group. The Dutchman Abdi Nageeye and Belgium Bashir Abdi also chasing for the silver.

Kipchoge took the total command at 35km and broke away from the park with 60 seconds intervals. He demonstrated a world-class performance in these weather-hot conditions with the marathon.

About 25 of the athletes did not finish the race due to the weather conditions.

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Arguably Eliud Kipchoge is now the greatest long-distance of all time. He has become the third man to retain an Olympic marathon title. Eliud won by 1:20 seconds, the biggest margin in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter’s win in 1972. Eliud Kipchoge has successfully defended his Olympic marathon title.

The first top podium finishers

Eliud Kipchoge – 2:08:38

Abdi Nageeye – 2:09:58 SB

Bashir Abdi – 2:10:00 SB

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