Great Year For Kipchoge and Kenyan Marathon Runners

Posted November 4th, 2015 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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Kenyan athletes Simon Biwott and Mary Keitany celebrate their titles at the New York City Marathon November 1. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

Kenyan athletes Simon Biwott and Mary Keitany celebrate their titles at the New York City Marathon November 1. Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters

2015 is proving to be another great year for Kenyan athletes at the marathon distance. The Kenyans swept the men’s and women’s titles at three major marathons – Berlin, Chicago and New York.

Leading the Kenyan charge was Eliud Kipchoge, who clocked 2:04:42 to win the London Marathon April 26th, and then ran 2:04:00 to win the Berlin Marathon five months later.

Kipchoge will celebrate his 31st birthday on November 5th. He won silver and bronze medals for Kenya at 5000m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2004 Athens Olympics.

After winning Berlin, Kipchoge told “The Energetic” Andy Edwards he hopes to win another Olympic medal in 2016 in the marathon.

Based on his victories in Berlin and London, Eliud Kipchoge is my pick for best marathon runner of 2015.

Eliud Kipchoge wins the 2015 London Marathon. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Eliud Kipchoge wins the 2015 London Marathon. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

But based on Olympic history, it’s far from certain Kipchoge will medal in Rio next year.

Kenya’s dominance of the marathon hasn’t carried over to Olympic competition, which tends to be more about tactics and less about speed.

The late Sammy Wanjiru, who died tragically in a fall off a balcony at his home in 2011, is the only Kenyan to win the Olympic gold in the marathon. Wanjiru won the marathon at the 2008 Beijing Games in an Olympic record time of 2:06:32.

History also tells us, though, that Eliud Kipchoge has to be considered one of the favorites for the gold medal when the 2016 Olympic men’s marathon is staged in Rio de Janeiro.

In his six career marathons, Kipchoge has won five and placed second in the other.

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4 responses to “Great Year For Kipchoge and Kenyan Marathon Runners”

  1. segun Adeyemi says:

    Sonny, I am not sitting on the fence this time. I am tipping Kichoge to win an Olympic Gold next year.

  2. roquia says:

    As always it is a wonderful report…gives you the feeling of joy in sports reporting!

  3. Ashenafi says:

    Another cool article from the Bright and Sunny one. I sense my note will likely elicit a few reactions, but a couple of clarifications are in order: (a) of the four recent Marathon competitions, the only REAL Marathon was the FRANKFURT MARATHON. And you know who won that — in an impressive sweep I might add. (b) in the spirit of clean and fair play — just as they do in many sports competitions — drug tests should be administered before marathon victories are validated. This is in no way meant to cast aspersions on anyone — least of all our gracious Kenyan cousins — simply to ensure the playing field is level and the championships legit. Long live the Marathon. Long live Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes. And of course, long live Sonny and his Sonny Side of Sports !!!

  4. And on the women’s side I predict that Florence Kiplagat will bring home the Olympic marathon Gold.

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