Kipchoge wins second Olympic gold in marathon

Kipchoge wins second Olympic gold in marathon

ILiud Kipchoge is an outstanding marathon runner of present and history. He dominated the field through Sapporo from first to last of 42,195m, which the Kenyan achieved in his second Olympic victory in 2:08:38 hours on Sunday night.

Even when one or two runners ran enthusiastically in front of him at the start of the race, it was clear that they were focusing themselves entirely on that. He was surrounded by a good fifty or sixty of the 96 runners from around the world who started, and his respect and admiration proved to be as dangerous to him as the heat and high humidity. Only a handful of people ran for 25 kilometers when they decided to have a race. Even Ethiopia’s world champion Lelisa Desisa, who was considered a challenger, gave up like 29 others.

“I think I have fulfilled the legacy,” Kipchoge said at the end. Like Abebe Bikila, the barefoot bodyguard of the Ethiopian emperor in 1964 and 1968, like Waldemar Sierpinski, after whom fathers and mothers in the GDR had to name their children, in 1976 and 1980, Kipchoge is now double Olympic champion in the supreme cross. -The discipline of country skiing. He said he wanted to inspire the next generation and billions in general. It is quite possible that he will achieve them, as he is much more than a titled athlete.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and 2008 in Beijing, he won bronze and silver in the 5000 meters race. Dropped by the Kenyan federation in 2012, he switched to the marathon. Of the fifteen marathons he has run since then, he has won thirteen; On his second, in 2013 in Berlin, it looked like he deliberately preferred his sponsor, Wilson Kipsang, and set a world record. Five years later, he himself improved the world record in Berlin to 2:01:39 hours – a feat so clearly that the New Züricher Zeitung compared it to a moon landing.

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