Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge was the winner of the 7th edition of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards that was held on Sunday (24)
Kipchoge was feted with the prestigious prize following his heroics during the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games staged in Japan between June and July.
The 36-year-old showed the intent of proving once again why he is the world’s greatest after the 30km-mark when he broke away from the group to take a comfortable lead.
It is an honour to win the ANOC Award for the Best Male Athlete at the Tokyo Olympics. With so many beautiful performances by so many athletes, I am proud to be the recipient of this award.
Thank you all for your great support! pic.twitter.com/SQ8upHnVes
— Eliud Kipchoge – EGH🇰🇪 (@EliudKipchoge) October 24, 2021
reported clocked an impressive 2.08.38 to storm to victory to win Team Kenya’s fourth gold medal in Tokyo, finishing ahead of Abdi Negeeye from the Netherlands and Bashir Abdi from Belgium.
Kipchoge joined two legends who have won an Olympic medal two times. Ethiopia’s Abebe Bekel was the first person to win two times the Olympic marathon medal when he won his first gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome while running barefoot then in 1964 he won his second gold medal.
East German Waldemar Cierpinski, won at the Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980.
Kipchoge’s margin of victory of 80 seconds was the biggest in an Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter’s win at Munich 1972.