The Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, world record holder, revalidated this Saturday in Tokyo 2020 the Olympic gold in marathon that he had achieved at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
‘The king of the marathon’ easily won the event in Sapporo and, upon reaching the finish line, he seemed energetic enough to keep running.
The Kenyan thus became the third man in history to revalidate the Olympic title in the 42,195-meter race. Only the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila (Rome’60 and Tokyo’64) and the East German Waldemar Cierpinski (Montreal’76 and Moscow’80) had succeeded to date.
The weather conditions at the start of the race were slightly more favorable than in the women’s marathon on Saturday: 26 degrees and 80 percent humidity.
The men’s marathon is the only athletics final on the closing day of the Games.