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Eliud Kipchoge honored as the best male athlete at ANOC awards

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.

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.

Marius Kipserem targets the Rotterdam Marathon course record

Double Rotterdam Marathon winner Marius Kipserem will be the start to watch at the 36th edition of the marathon that will be held on Sunday 24 October in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Kipserem who has participated in this race thrice made a name for himself at the 2016 edition after he stepped out of the shadow of the race favorites as an outsider to take the pole position in a personal best of 2:06.11.

The 33 year-old was not lucky in the 2018 edition as he finished a distant fifth in 2:07.22 in a race won by Kenneth Kipkemoi in 2:05.44. Kipserem came back in 2019 breathing fire smashing the ten years course record of 2:04.27 that had been set by Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai in 2009, both ran the third fastest time ever for the distance. He set a new course record of 2:04.11 which is also his personal best and has now set his sight on lowering it again come October.

\Kipserem will face off with the Tokyo marathon bronze medallist, Bashir Abdi from the Belgium. The 32 year-old took third place in a controversial manner where he was”dragged” to the bronze medal by his friend Abdi Negeeye the Dutch National record holder of 2:06.11. The Dutch National has opted to race at the New York Marathon this fall.

The Belgian top athlete of Somali descent will be chasing for the European record 2:06.16 that is currently held by Kenyan born now Turkey national Kaan Kigen Özbilen. Abdi has a personal best time of 2:04.49, which is also the second fastest European time.

Kipserem has won three marathons in the ten that he has competed in and his worst finish being placed in 10th place at the 2020 London marathon in 2:09.25.

The race organiser, Mario Kadiks, has put together a great team of elite runners with the hope of lowering the course record. “Toppers with such great aspirations as Marius Kipserem and Bashir Abdi will give the event something special. It promises to be an exciting and fast race.”

The 2020 edition of the race was postponed to 2021 due to the covid-19, with all entries automatically remaining valid for 2021, and all registrants given the option of transferring their entry to another runner.

Eliud Kipchoge the history maker

Eliud Kipchoge wrote another history as the third man to defend his Olympic title when he defended his Olympic title at the Tokyo Olympics Games.

The 36-year-old Kenyan crossed the finish in a time of 2:08:38, to cement his status as the greatest long distance runner in history.

He joins the special club two of those who defended their Olympic titles in the marathon, Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia (1960, 1964) and East Germany’s Waldemar Cierpinski (1976, 1980).

Eliud Kipchoge defends his Olympic marathon title. Photo Creditd: Getty Images

He also holds the official world record with a time 2:01.39 that he set in 2018 and is the only human ever to have completed the 42km run in under two hours, which he did in an unofficial event in 2019.

Kipchoge was followed by Abdi Negeeye of Netherlands, who crossed the line in 2:09.58 to the take silver while Bashir Abdi of Belgium settled for bronze.

“Firstly I want to say thank you to everyone for the support and to those that made the Olympics, Tokyo 2020 happen,” Kipchoge told the BBC after his race win.

“I am happy to defend my title and to show the next generation, if you respect the sport and be disciplined you can accomplish your assignment.

“It was not really easy, but it was really hard for everybody if you consider the weather. I am happy to cross the finishing line as the fastest.

“Tokyo 2020 has happened, it is means a lot, it means there is hope. It means we are on the right track to a normal life. So we are on the track to our normal lives that is the meaning of the Olympics.