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Eliud Kipchoge: “I struggle with motivation sometimes”

Even for the greatest, running life can be a struggle.

The world’s fastest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge admits that he’s had to dig deep to find the strength to keep going.

Kenya’s Double Olympic men’s marathon champion says he often turns to the millions who have been inspired by his runs, his grandeur achievements, and his motivating quotes.

“I struggle with motivation, but I try all the time to get inspired by fans messages around the world,” Kipchoge said on Wednesday (6 April) during a webinar organised by his NN Running Team to mark five years of the athletics management group.

“I have been inspiring people around the world and [the thought of this] is what sometimes gives me the energy to jump out of bed and do the necessary.”

Marathon man Kipchoge on how he keeps focus

 As amazing as his athletic accomplishments are, the world record holder has always been forthright on how much sometimes his passion hurts.

“In the journey of life, there [are] ups and downs. In marathon, there [are] a lot of challenges, ups and downs. There is pain in training, pain in running,” he shared on the documentary titled Kipchoge: The Last Milestone that focused on his successful attempt to become the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.

The 37-year-old champion cemented his position as the greatest distance runner of all time, by becoming the first man in 40 years to win marathon gold at successive Olympic Games, when he won at Tokyo 2020 in 2021.

And, as he targets an unprecedented third Olympic marathon title at Paris 2024, Kipchoge gave a sneak peak on how he manages to stay focused on his staggering racing goals.

“[When I am running] Many things are always crossing my mind from West to North, East to South, but I try to block them and concentrate fully on the road, concentrate fully on the task ahead and finishing the race,” the Kenyan, who enjoys his long runs, offered.

“After training for four months [for a race] I know that the only way to block what’s in my mind and concentrate fully is by making my mind easy and block any [distracting] messages coming in.”

During the hour-long webinar, the NN Running Team shared insights from the their management, physiotherapist, nutritionist, and Patrick Sang, the lead coach at the simple Kaptagat training camp.

“Running is a team sport. It is no longer an individual event as people think,” four-time Olympic medallist Kipchoge said.

“When NN formed the running team we discovered that the team is especially important especially in marathon running, helping each other both physically and mentally.”

That team was formed in April 2017 by Jos Hermens, who assembled the some of the best distance runners in the world, led by the two fastest marathoners, Ethiopia’s triple Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, and Kipchoge, to train in structured training camps.

It’s a concept that the man who has won 14 of the 16 major marathons in his career claims has made him a better runner. Kipchoge also explained that during the pandemic he found it difficult to go back to training alone due to lockdown restrictions.

What next for Eliud Kipchoge in 2022

 Kipchoge He opened his season on March 6 running the fastest time ever in Japan of 2:02:40 to win the Tokyo Marathon.

Since then, he has tapered down his training, focusing more on the gym sessions despite not ‘liking the weightlifting’ bit, but he’s enjoying working on his core muscles.

The huge Kelly Clarkson fan has not yet decided if he will do a marathon towards the end of the year, but has just added a new sport on his bucket list.

“I am bad at swimming. I don’t know how to swim…that’s on my bucket list…”

Source: olympics.com

Brigid Kosgei crushes the Tokyo Marathon Course record

World women Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei crushed course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo Olympic marathon silver medallist came back to this city for the second time with a mission to improve on her silver to gold and it went on as she had anticipated, smashing the previous record of 2:17.45 that had been set by Kenyan-Israeli runner Israel Lonah Chemtai Salpeter in 2020.

The three times world marathon majors champion increased her pace and leaving Ashete Bekere from Ethiopia at the 35km mark gasping for air she ran the fastest ever time on Japanese smashing the previous record with a new course record of 2:16.02.

“My training was good in Kenya and the race went as I had planned. The weather was good though it was windy but am glad that I have won the race,” said Kosgei.

Bekere came home in second over a minute later with a time of 2:17.58 with Gotytom Gebreslase also from Ethiopia closing the podium finishes in 2:18.18.

Amsterdam Marathon course record holder, Angela Tanui from Kenya could not keep up with the heat as she came home in fourth place in a time of 2:18.42.

Changes to the course have enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.



Eliud Kipchoge smashes the Tokyo Marathon course record

World Marathon record holder lived to the expectations as he smashed the course record of the 16th edition of the Tokyo Marathon which is a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road race that was held on Sunday (6) in Tokyo, Japan.

Kipchoge who was making his marathon debut started pulling away from his only competitor, Amos Kipruto from Kenya at the 36km mark as he went on a solo mission to crush the previous course record of 2:03.58 that had been set by Wilson Kipsang in 2017.

Kipchoge ran the fastest time ever on Japanese soil which is also the fourth fastest time in the world when he registered a new course record of 2:02.40.

Kipruto the 2019 World Athletics bronze medallist,  came home under the old course record as he crossed the line in second with a life time best of 2:03.13.

The 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, Tamirat Tola from Ethiopia, remained with the lead group of three then slowly started drifting back from the 30km mark, was forced to settle in third place as he  to closed the first three podium finishes in a time of 2:04.14.

Japan’s Kengo Suzuki was on another world as he ran the second Japanese fastest time ever when he crossed the line in fourth place in a personal best of 2:05.28.

Laban Korir also from Kenya found the going too tough as slipped back crossing the finish line in a distant eight place in a time of 2:06.37.

Changes to the course enabled runners to finish earlier than previous editions of the event.

Eliud Kipchoge’s Paris 2024 journey begins in Tokyo

Eliud Kipchoge has had many memorable moments in a career defined by incredibly big ambitions.

The double Olympic champion has already proved he is one of the greatest marathoners in history.

The 37-year-old holds both the official marathon world record (with a 2:01:39 run at Berlin 2018) and the unofficial fastest time running the distance in under two hours.

On 6 March 2022 in downtown Tokyo, Kipchoge will continue to write the next chapter of his legacy, with a first appearance at the Tokyo Marathon.

Kipchoge is the unprecedented four-time London marathon champion, he’s conquered the Berlin marathon thrice, and early in his marathon career, he won the 2014 Chicago marathon.

But the Kenyan legend still wants more, and that’s what sets him apart.

His constant desire to “press on, and press on, and press on.” Like the zen master he’s normally compared to, the athletics star likes to grab every opportunity.

Defending his title at Tokyo 2020 made him one of three men to have retained their Olympic marathon titles (after Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila in 1960 and 1964 and East Germany’s Waldemar Cierpinski in 1976 and 1980).

Paris 2024 offers the world record holder an opportunity for an Olympic marathon hat-trick.

“I still have something boiling in my stomach that’s why I am looking forward to it,” he said when he confirmed he plans to chase an unprecedented third straight Olympic gold.

A trailblazer, driven by the desire embodied by his mantra “no human is limited”.

“The concept that no human is limited is a very cool idea and it’s not only about sport,” he said in an interview with Bigissue.com shortly after defending his Olympic title.

“Performance is not only in sport, performance is even in the office. That’s why I’m happy with what’s going on in the world now when we see Sir Richard Branson flying into space and Jeff Bezos going into space on a different flight.

“When you see people can think like this, you know we have no limitations at all. Let us press on, and press on, and press on.”

If he succeeds in Paris, there will be many firsts.

Besides being the only man with three Olympic marathon titles, Kipchoge – who in August 2024 will be close to 40 – could become the oldest Olympic marathon gold medallist.

Kipchoge: “Living the Olympic dream”

Another motivation for Kipchoge in Paris would be to medal at a third consecutive Games.

The 5000m world champion back in 2003 craved more Olympic glory on the track after the bronze he took at Athens 2004 and the silver from Beijing 2008.

But he finished seventh in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Kenyan Trials for London 2012 and was not considered for a wild card.

Guided by his coach Patrick Sang, an Olympic silver medallist, Kipchoge found value in failure and decided to move from the track to the roads.

It paid off with one of the fastest marathon debuts in Rotterdam in 2013, which started his dominance on the major city marathons.

In a country where squad selection can sometimes be more competitive than the Olympics, he managed to get practically a guaranteed slot in the Kenyan national team for both Rio 2016 and later Tokyo 2020.

When will Kipchoge be in action at the Tokyo Marathon?

The event will start at 9:10am local time (1:10 CET; 19:10 on 5 March ET).

Does this mark the start of a long conclusion to Kipchoge’s career in the French capital in 2024?

“The end of my career will come automatically that’s for sure, that’s in front of my mind, but for now I still want to compete more,” he said after the Tokyo 2022 Olympics.

“I still want to go around the world and run, inspire people.”

Source: olympics.com

Only elite athletes allowed to race Tokyo Marathon

The race organizers of the Tokyo Marathon have allowed 206 elite athletes, including wheelchair racers, to take part in the upcoming pre-Olympic event that will be held on 1stm March, 2022 in Tokyo, Japan.

The marathon was initially scheduled to host roughly 38,000 people in the “general entry” category but that plan has been shelved due to the virus outbreak in China and its spread to other countries, which has already affected a number of other sports events.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike expressed sympathy for runners in the general category, who gained entry to the race via lottery, saying the move was necessary for public safety. “To all the general entry runners who felt joy at being selected, we apologize, but these restrictions are unavoidable,” said Koike.

The Tokyo Marathon doubles as a qualifier for the 2020 Games, and runners will be chasing the final spot on the men’s Olympic marathon team. Japan men’s marathon record holder Suguru Osako and past national record holder Yuta Shitara are among invitees to the race’s elite category.

The elite full marathon field includes 176 runners and 30 wheelchair athletes.

Registered runners are able to defer their entry to the 2023 event, but entrance fees will not be refunded

Tokyo marathon postponed

The Tokyo marathon has been postponed to March next year, organizers said Friday, blaming Covid-19 and ongoing restrictions in the Japanese capital.

Japan has seen the number of infections decline following a record spike last month, which prompted the government to expand and extended virus restrictions, despite the national vaccination programme ramping up.

“Even if the state of emergency has been lifted, it is difficult to determine whether we can deliver a safe and secure event with the current circumstance of the health services,” the Tokyo Marathon Foundation said in a course of decisions memo released on Friday morning. “Travel and many more restrictions are expected to continue.”

The race, originally set to take place earlier this year in March with around 38,000 runners, including top athletes participating, had already been postponed to October.

The 2020 Tokyo marathon was held in March with a reduced field of around 200 elite runners.

The postponement comes after Formula 1 announced in August the cancellation of October’s Japanese.

The Tokyo Marathon is the only World Marathon Major not taking place this year. The London Marathon and the Boston Marathon, both normally held in April, will take place on Sunday, October 3, and Monday, October 11, respectively. The Berlin, Chicago, and New York City Marathons will occur on their normally scheduled dates.

Brigid Kosgei to defend her London marathon title

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei will defend her London Marathon title that will be held on 3rd October in London.

The 27-year-old who won a silver Medal behind Peres Jepchirchir at the just concluded Tokyo Olympic Games will be aiming for her third consecutive London Marathon victory.

“Last year’s win was very special, particularly given what the whole world was going through – it was fantastic just to have the London Marathon organised and even more so to be the winner,” Kosgei was quoted saying in a statement from the race organisers.

The Elgeyo-Marakwet County born beat the previous world record set 16 years by Paula Radcliffe by 1 minute 24 seconds in Chicago in 2019.

Kosgei will be, racing again just eight weeks after the very testing conditions of the Olympic Games marathon in Sapporo, will be challenged by reigning TCS New York City Marathon champion Joyciline Jepkosgei and six other women who have run under two hours and 20 minutes.

The elite women’s field includes Ethiopians Roza Dereje (ETH), whose PB of 2:18.30 makes her the tenth-fastest female marathoner of all time, and Birhane Dibaba of a PB of 2:18.35, who won the Tokyo Marathon in 2018 and 2015 and finished second in the same race on three other occasions (2020, 2017 and 2014).

Valary Jemeli also from Kenya has been included in the star studded list carrying on her shoulder a personal best of 2:19.10, that she got at the 2019 Frankfurt Marathon. Ethiopia’s Zeineba Yimer  and Tigist Girma who have 2:19.28 and 2:19.50 are also lined up for the top honors battle.

Also included is Australia’s Sinead Diver, who has had two top 10 Virgin Money London Marathon finishes in the past two years and was tenth at the Tokyo Olympics.


Stephen Kiprotich to battle Philemon Rono at Toronto Marathon

Olympic marathon Champion, Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda will be targeting fast times at the 19th edition of the Toronto Marathon that will be held on October 21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

The 2012 Olympic marathon champion will face off with the race course record holder and two-time Toronto champion Philemon Rono from Kenya in which it will culminate to be an intense battle between the two accomplished marathon runners.

The duos are both friends and training partners and both are based in Iten.

“I am really happy and training hard and looking forward to competing in this big race in Toronto,” says Kiprotich, who also won the marathon title at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, joining Ethiopia’s Gezehegne Abera as the only men to ever win both major competitions.

“I was speaking with Rono and I asked him what the course like is”. Rono said the course is good and nice. I was telling him if we go fast and run the first half in 1:03 minutes, we can push at the end to 2:05. He told me it is possible.”

Kiprotich’s major championship success is outstanding and all the more remarkable since he chose to make Global Sport Communications which is based in Iten as his training base. The camp hosts some of the finest road runners that include Eliud Kipchoge and Geoffrey Kamworor who are both coached by 1992 Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Patrick Sang.

Kiprotich goes to Toronto with a personal best of 2:06.33 that he got in 2015 at the Tokyo Marathon and will be looking to lower this time when he competes in Toronto.

“I have the two medals but also I want to run a faster time than 2:05,” he says. “Most of the people they look at my times and they ask me how did you win these two medals in poor times? So it is my hope to run a good time before I retire.”

Kiprotich and Rono can expect some stiff competition from New Zealand’s Jake Robertson who will be running his second marathon after debuting at the Lake Biwa Marathon where he set his personal best and National record of 2:06.26.

Cheprot and Wanjiku targets Okpekpe International 10km Road titles

Kenya’s Simon Cheprot and Polline Njeru Wanjiku have set their sights on becoming the first man and woman to win the 6th edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race that will be held on May 12, 2018 in Okpekpe, Nigeria.
Both Kenyans were winners in 2016 to make it a Kenyan double for the third time in four editions of the race.
While Wanjiku was absent at the fifth edition last year, Cheprot failed to become the first man to successfully defend an Okpekpe race title, finishing seventh in the men’s race won by Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselassie.
The duo have confirmed their participation for the sixth edition which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State and Zack Amodu, the director of organisation for the race believes the Kenyans will have it tough completing a fourth double in six editions.
“We are delighted to have both Cheprot and Wanjiku back for this year’s race which has taken a significant leap from an IAAF bronze label race last year to a first ever silver label road race for the first time on Nigerian nay West African soil,” said Amodu.
“Cheprot will be making his third consecutive trip to Okpekpe while Wanjiku is returning after missing out last year. Wanjiku has been very active in the circuit this year. She won the Warszawa PZU Half Marathon in Poland late last month, some 21 days after finishing third at the Paris Half Marathon where she ran a new personal best of 1:08:20.
“Cheprot has also been active and was part of the Tokyo Marathon last February albeit he did not finish. This goes to show that this year’s race will be very explosive and we are expecting a new course record will be set.”
Amodu also revealed that both athletes ran their personal season’s best at the Okpekpe race in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
“Cheprot’s 30 minutes, 33 seconds run last year was his personal season’s best for the year while Wanjiku’s title-winning run  (33:30) in 2016 was also her personal season’s best. Cheprot holds a personal best of 27:41 while Wanjiku’s all-time best is 32:10.”
The IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing in conjunction with the Edo State Athletics Association and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

10 reasons Yuki Kawauchi, Boston marathon winner, should be your favourite runner

Yuki warmed up for the Boston Marathon by running in his home race, the Kuki half marathon, dressed as a panda. He had previously set an unofficial world record in the same race for 13.1miles in a three piece suit. In his panda costume, he ran 1hr 10min 03sec, finishing second, and beating his brother Yoshiki.

  1. Yuki holds plenty of other world records too, including the most sub 2hr 12min marathons by one person: 25 of them. He also has the world record for the most sub 2hr 20min marathons: an astonishing 79.
  2. Yuki beat some of the favourites in Boston, including the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Galen Rupp, but he isn’t a full-time athlete. He fits his training around working 40 hours a week as a government clerk, from 1pm-9pm. Which surely gives hope to all us.
  3. Because he works full time, doesn’t belong to one of the Japanese teams and accepts no corporate sponsorship, his nickname is the “citizen runner”.
  4. Unlike almost every other elite runner, he only runs once a day – he works 40 hours a week, from 1pm – 9pm every day. On his days off he frequently does long runs of upwards of 50km at a jogging pace.
Running in a business suit: yet another of Yuki’s records
5. When he finished 14th at the Tokyo marathon in 2012, failing to qualify for the Japanese team for the         Olympics in London, he shaved his head by way of apology. “I felt that I had to give everyone who supported me a sign of my remorse. “It’s better that my shame be exposed for everyone to see” he said.
6. His PB is 2hr 08min 14sec. Only three American men (Khalid Khannouchi, Ryan Hall and Dathan Ritzenhein) have faster times, and only one British (Steve Jones). He may be an amateur runner, but his times are not.
7.  He’s aiming to run 100 marathons under 2hr 20 before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has run four so far this year, winning all of them. His race calendaris pretty full …
8. When he was six, Yuki ran 7:30 for 1500m. His mother, a former runner herself, decided to coach him and had him running daily time trials in his local park. Every day he was to beat his personal record, and if he missed by 30 seconds or more, he had to run an extra lap. If he missed by more than a minute, two extra laps.
Marshfield’s freezing conditions
9. On New Year’s Day this year he ran and won the Marshfield Road Runners NYD marathon in 2:18.59. The temperature during the race was -23 C. It is thought to be the coldest sub 2:20min marathon ever run.
10. Because of his job, he’s not allowed to accept sponsorship money. He can, however, accept prize money (he’ll get $150k for winning Boston). He’s supposed to be back at work on Wednesday. He’ll be racing again this weekend, in a half marathon back in Japan.