No doubt, the marathon Boss is still around. Bouncing back with the world lead of 2:04:30 recently at the NN mission marathon means Kipchoge is still a force to reckon with.
Kipchoge jetted back this week from the Netherlands and he will be taking a short break before commencing preparation for the Olympics.
But what precisely does his come-back mean? First and foremost, the marathon record holder has proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he is an all-time great. He has resuscitated his reputation after the London debacle last year. Kipchoge finished distance eighth with a time of 2:06:49 during the London marathon last October, citing blockage on his right ear as an impediment.
Secondly, Kipchoge will be going to Tokyo as an Olympic favorite, he has already fired a salvo to his rivals that indeed is he ready to defend his title. The defending champion is likely to follow the footsteps of Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia who defended his marathon title in 1964 in Tokyo, Coincidentally the summer games will be staged in Tokyo again.
Moreover, the come back will be a tremendous motivation that will propel him in preparation for the Olympics. It's hard to prepare for a bottle when you haven't tested your weapons. Last but not the least, the Marathon record holder has extended his winnings in his marathon career. He has won thirteen of the fifteen marathons he has competed in, a feat that no other athlete has accomplished.