Eliud Kipchoge defends Olympic marathon title in Tokyo

Eliud Kipchoge says he has “fulfilled” his legacy after the Kenyan became the first athlete since 1980 to retain an Olympic marathon title at Tokyo 2020.

Kipchoge, only the third person to win successive Olympic marathons, finished in two hours eight minutes 38 seconds.

Regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time, the 36-year-old crossed the line one minute 20 seconds ahead of the Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye.

In the race for bronze, Belgian Bashir Abdi edged out Kenyan Lawrence Cherono.

“I think I have fulfilled the legacy by winning the marathon for the second time, back-to-back. I hope now to help inspire the next generation,” world record holder Kipchoge said.

Kipchoge, only the third person to win successive Olympic marathons, finished in two hours eight minutes 38 seconds.

Regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time, the 36-year-old crossed the line one minute 20 seconds ahead of the Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye.

In the race for bronze, Belgian Bashir Abdi edged out Kenyan Lawrence Cherono.

“I think I have fulfilled the legacy by winning the marathon for the second time, back-to-back. I hope now to help inspire the next generation,” world record holder Kipchoge said.

“You’ll still see me around,” Kipchoge said.