‘Legs still do the running,’ Kipchoge counters the tech-talk in marathons


It can be a yr subsequent month since Eliud Kipchoge completed “the last barrier of modern athletics” — turning into the first to run a sub two-hour marathon. The Kenyan distance nice when compared the effort in Vienna to guy’s touchdown on the moon. The Olympic marathon champion clocked 1:59.40, but it surely was once now not ratified as a document as a result of the particular race in Vienna’s Prater Park was once ‘not run under open marathon conditions’, had pace-setters and the runners wore Nike footwear that had now not been cleared for pageant through the global athletics frame.

Looking again at that race, Kipchoge calls it a fantastic adventure revealing psychological energy. He had tried to wreck the two-hour mark in 2017, in a race held in particular for the function in the Monza Formula One monitor, however simply fell quick (2:00.25).

“I am grateful to have been part of the 159 project. It was an incredible journey and I look back with joy,” says Kipchoge, logo ambassador for the Sunfeast India Run as One digital match to lift price range for the ones suffering from Covid-19 in India.

The Vienna run led to discuss over what degree of era can also be allowed. The Kenyan nice isn’t involved. “Innovations have always been part of sport. With running, the effect of technology will always be minimal, especially if you compare it to other sports. “It is my legs that are still doing the running. Train hard, be disciplined and be the best you can be and believe in yourself.”

The problem now for the 35-year-old is to wreck the two-hour barrier in an professional marathon. “I just need to give my best and when the time is right, we will see what can happen,” he says. Kipchoge nearly did it whilst atmosphere the global document in 2018 at Berlin (2:01:39). However, he places the sub-two hour mark above the global document. “I cherish both records, but the 1:59 was proof of how strong the mind is and how strong self-belief is. No human is limited, in everything in life. I strongly believe in this and I want to share this inspiration with the world,” he says.

Inspirational adventure

Kipchoge’s has been an inspirational athletic adventure. He has 3 Olympic medals — he received the 2016 Rio marathon, after a silver and bronze in 5,000m — and an outstanding 8 victories in main marathons—4 of them at London, 3 times in Berlin with one victory coming at Chicago. “I am focused and disciplined. And I am blessed with a coach, management and teammates of the NN Running Team (in Kenya) who keep on inspiring me and run alongside me in my life.”

The pandemic has dealt a blow to highway operating this yr. The London Marathon — Kipchoge is protecting champion — can be run on October 4, marking the go back of elite distance operating. A extremely expected conflict looms with Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele, global and Olympic 10,000m document holder.

“I am looking forward to it. I am honoured to race in such a high-quality field. Athletes are ready because they love athletics, they love running and are waiting to go out there in the world and run. It is like on my farm when the young calves are free to run out in the field.”

Kipchoge will protect his identify at subsequent yr’s Tokyo Olympics, although the climate will not be his best friend. “It is expected that Tokyo will be hot and humid; we need to prepare in a good way for these extreme circumstances.”

He actively helps reasons to assist other folks suffering from the pandemic. “India is very close to my heart. I urge people across the world to come together to support our friends. It is sad to hear the plight of people in India due to Covid-19, so many have lost their livelihoods,” mentioned Kipchoge, who received the Delhi Half Marathon in 2016, and a 5,000m silver in the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.



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