Eliud Kipchoge consolidated his legacy and became the third person to win consecutive marathon championships.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the Olympic Men’s Marathon with his outstanding performance in Sapporo, Japan.
The world record holder won the gold medal in Sunday’s marathon in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 38 seconds.
One minute and 20 seconds ahead of Dutch runner-up Abdi Naguier, who is only ahead of Belgium’s Bashir Abdi.
Kipchoge, 36, is now the third player to win a back-to-back gold medal in an Olympic men’s marathon, followed by Ethiopia’s Abebi Bikila (1960, 1964) and East Germany’s Valdemar · Cherpinski (1976, 1980).
“I think I achieved this legacy by winning the marathon for the second time,” he said after winning.
“That is all my happiness, my inspiration to the next generation.”
Kipchoge has now won a total of four Olympic medals, as well as a 5 billion silver medal in 2008 and a bronze medal in 2004.
He praised the organizers for being able to host the Olympic Games while the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It means a lot to me, especially during this difficult time. It was delayed last year and now it happens,” he said.
On Sunday, 106 players from 45 countries participated. The Olympic refugee team set off from Odori Park in the center of Sapporo. The temperature was about 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit).
When Kipchoge took the lead after the 30 km mark, he completely controlled him and showed why he was the one to be defeated.
At the 35-kilometer stage, he jumped from the virtual tie 5 kilometers ago to a lead of 27 seconds, and extended the lead to 40 kilometers in 1 minute, 17 seconds.
His 80-second lead is the biggest gap since Frank Shorter’s victory at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
After finishing the race, Kipchoge immediately raised two fingers to confirm his consecutive marathon title.
Sebastian Ke, chairman of the World Athletics Federation, called Kipchoge a “hero”.
“You just need to see his emotional appeal… He totally deserves it.”
The real game is to compete for other medals.
Nageeye felt strong and looked stable, and he took the time to urge his training partner Abdi to pass the second half of the course to the bronze medal.
“I waited for him to get closer and saw him next to me, then I sprinted and he was able to follow me,” Nageeye explained. “It’s great that we can share this moment. It’s crazy.”
In wet and windy conditions, about 30 players failed to complete Sunday’s game.
The two notable early casualties were Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, a gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, and Shura Kitata Tola, an Ethiopian, He was the champion of the London Marathon last year.
Ethiopia’s world champion Lelisa Desisa and Kenya’s Amos Kipruto also withdrew from the competition early.