Eliud Kipchoge Closes Rio Games with Gold for Kenya

31-year-old Eliud Kipchoge scooped gold in the men’s marathon this Sunday’s track and field action. Kipchoge wound up in two hours, eight minutes and forty-four seconds. Sunday is the final day of the summer games in Rio and Kipchoge has a valuable possession for his collection.  He now has a complete set of Olympic medals, gold in Rio, a silver medal from 08 games and bronze from 2004 but on the 5000m race. With a personal fete of winning seven of his eight marathons, Kipchoge considered a nice guy on the track just missed setting a world record by seconds.

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The Sunday weather was dump and drizzly which worked for some athletes and was detrimental to some. Temperatures were low at the start of the race but the athletes would battle with humidity surges as they ran out of the city. The course took athletes from the Sambdrome stadium to Flamengo Park, down Botafogo beach before returning to the stadium. Kipchoge kept his tactics well hidden, staying with the group and sometimes lagging behind. At the 35km mark he took charge of the race, commanding the pace and ensuring the Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa played catch up. Lilesa was the Tokyo marathon winner and he posed a threat with his pace. The Kenyan knew that already but was calm.” 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” said Kipchoge. He scored the sixth gold for team Kenya, Lilesa settled for Silver while American Galen Rupp settled for bronze.

 

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The race had 155 athletes from 80 nations taking part in the game’s longest race. The race wares out the body fast but the Kenyan athletes had a smiling face all through.

Kenyans on twitter were jubilant and expressed their joy with encouraging messages for Team Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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