He shook the world in Rio 2016 becoming not just a champion but a world record holder. And on Sunday, the 36-year-old spinned back the hand of time to claim gold in Japan’s Sapporo, running non-stop for 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds — 80 seconds ahead of Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye, who bagged silver, leaving Belgium’s Bashir Abdi with bronze.
So far, Kenya’s commanding performance in the Olympics, particularly recent years and including Tokyo 2020 keeps the spotlight on, as the world continues to experience Africa through sport.
“I think I fulfilled the legacy by winning the marathon for the second time,” Kipchoge said.
“That’s my total happiness, my inspiration for the next generation.
“It means a lot to me, especially at this hard time. Last year was postponed, and now it has happened.”
Although, Kipchoge has won gold for the second time, he’s not the first to brace gold back-to-back in the Olympic men’s marathon. Before him, there was Abebe Bikila (1960, 1964) of Ethiopia.
But his victory margin of 80 seconds ahead of Abdi Nageeye is the biggest since Frank Shorter’s win in the 1972 Munich Games. With this Tokyo 2020 feat, Kipchoge is now a fourth time Olympic medalist including 5,000m silver in 2008 and bronze in 2004.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.