Eliud Kipchoge ready to defend Olympic crown

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge cannot wait to defend his Olympic crown at the 2020 Tokyo Games.

“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. 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 posted on his Twitter handle Monday.

Kipchoge became the first man to ever run a full marathon, 42.195km, under two hours when he clocked 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria in 2019. He also holds the world record over the distance at 2:01:39.

Eliud is in the marathon team that also has Lawrence Cherono and Amos Kipruto. The women’s team has record holder Brigid KosgeiRuth Chepngetich and Peres Jepchirchir.

The marathon teams will leave for Japan on August 1 and 2. The women’s race will be held on August 7, while the men’s race is on August 8 in Sapporro.

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