Eliud Kipchoge has won the Olympic Marathon Gold, running in 2:08:44. Running under the rainy RIo sky, the 31 year old controlled the race throughout, and never looked under threat.
Eliud Kipchoge has now become one of the most dominant marathon runners in the world since switching to the event, winning 7 out of the last 8 marathons he has entered.
Just like his female counterpart, Kenya’s Olympic gold medal chances were always under threat from perennial rivals Ethiopia, with Feyisa Lilesa pushing the Kipchoge all the way. However, with three kilometers to go, it was clear that no one was going to keep up with him, and he pulled clear to finish 70 seconds ahead of the Ethiopian. American athlete Galen Rupp, who finished in 2:10:05.
Kipchoge is a former Olympic medallist. He won silver at the 2008 games in Beijing, China, and bronze at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece, both in 5,000m.
Speaking after the race, Kipchoge was delighted with his performance.
“I was coming here for gold.
“It feels great. I felt I had a little bit in the tank and it was comfortable, it was very comfortable. This is the best win of my life.”
Congratulations, Eliud Kipchoge