Kenyan double Olympic champion Iliud Kipchoge says he will notice “one thing at a time” after failing to break his world record in an impressive performance at the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday.
Kipchoge won the race in 2 hours 2 minutes 40 seconds, the fourth fastest time in history, winning four of the six largest marathons in the world.
But Kipchoge failed to beat the 2018 Berlin Marathon 2: 01.39 in time, a wrong turn around the 10-kilometer mark was partially interrupted which cost him precious seconds.
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The 37-year-old now runs three of the four fastest marathons in history and aspires to win a record-breaking third Olympic gold in Paris 2024.
“I believe I’m glad to run a course record here in Tokyo,” said Kipchoge, who joined a select club of competitors last year when he protected his 2016 Rio Olympics gold at the plague postponed Tokyo Games.
“I always say I notice one thing at a time,” Kipchoge said. “I am going back to Kenya to talk to the consultants, to have a conversation with the administration, to discuss the possibilities and objectives of my group which we will
The Tokyo Marathon was being held for the first time in two years due to the epidemic and it took an unexpected turn when the leading pack took a wrong turn around the 10km mark.
Runners had to double themselves after following a TV truck the wrong way, disrupting their rhythm and spending about 10 seconds.
Kenya’s Amos Kipruto was the only runner to keep pace with the Kipchoz until the world record holder was released near the 35km mark.
Kipchog eventually crossed the tape to enjoy a win in Tokyo, winning his Olympic title in Sapporo last summer, and after the race was moved due to heat concerns.
“The second was to come and run overwhelmingly, the third was to come and move the world, the fourth was to come to the roads of Tokyo and tell individuals that if we get together we can solve it.”
Kipruto finished second in the individual-best 2: 03.13 and Tamirat Tola of Ethiopia finished third in 2: 04.14.
Ethiopian Mosinet Geremiu, who ran the fourth fastest marathon in history, was dropped near the 25km mark.
Kenya’s Brigadier Kosgei, another world record holder, won the women’s race 2: 18.02.
Ethiopia’s Ashete Baker was second in 2:17:58 seconds, where his compatriot Gotitom Gabresless was third in 2: 18.18 minutes.
Kipchog debuted in Tokyo, one of the six major marathons, along with New York, Berlin, Chicago, London and Boston.
Kipchog has already won in London, Chicago and Berlin, and one of the goals of his career is to land in all six.
He made history by breaking a two-hour hurdle in a specially designed challenge run in 2019, but his 1: 59.40 was initially not counted as a world record due to his use of 41 rotating pacemakers.