Eliud Kipchoge will toe the line at Tokyo Olympics marathon on 8th August, with the most decorated and lengthy resume. Yet there will be more accolades to add to his cabinet.
Kipchoge will stand tall as reigning Olympic champion, World record holder, the fastest man in history, and the only person to have run under two hours in the marathon. Back-to-back victory and Olympic course records will be within his grasp in the Tokyo Olympics.
Only two athletes have successfully defended the Olympic marathon. Ethiopia's legendry Abeba Bikila in 1960 and 1964 and Waldermar Cierpinski of East German in 1976 and 1980. Bikila defended his title in Tokyo in 1964. The history is likely to repeat itself as we head to Tokyo 57-years later.
Shifting the Olympic marathon from Tokyo to Sapporo 800km away might render the Late Samwel Wanjiru Olympic record of 2:06:32 vulnerable, due to ideal weather conditions.
The 36-year old Kipchoge has the latitude to defend his title. Top run sports gain an insight into his arduous preparation and we can independently verify that the best marathoner of all time is red-hot for the spectacle.
" I have completed my training and I am really excited to race in Sapporo. For me, there is no greater race than competing for an Olympic medal," Kipchoge said.
" In Japan, I will defend my title from Rio, to win a second Olympic medal in the marathon would mean the world to me," he added.