Olympic Champ Kipchoge Reflects On Berlin Marathon Win

Posted September 26th, 2017 at 4:25 pm (UTC-4)
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Eliud Kipchoge breaks the tape at the finish line of the 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge was in a philosophical mood after winning his second BMW Berlin Marathon in three years.

“Planning to run a marathon is like life,” said the 32-year-old Kenyan athlete. “Anything can happen. You run fast today and tomorrow you run slow.”

Kipchoge ran a time of 2:03:32 in Berlin on September 24th, 35 seconds off the world record set by fellow-Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in the 2014 BMW Berlin Marathon.

Kipchoge says he traveled to Berlin to try to break the world record, but rainy weather changed his plans.

Eliud Kipchoge celebrates his victory in Berlin. Photo: Michael Dalder/Reuters

Still, it was a very impressive victory, as Kipchoge overcame the wet conditions as well as a challenge from Ethiopia’s Guye Adola, whose time of 2:03:46 was the fastest marathon debut ever.

Before the race, Eliud Kipchoge said his coach Patrick Sang has been critically crucial in his life and his career in athletics.

The 53-year-old Sang won a silver medal for Kenya in the 3,000 meters steeplechase event at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.

In an interview with “The Energetic” Andy Edwards, Sang talked about his relationship with Kipchoge.

Coach Sang mentioned how Eliud Kipchoge is keen on improving personal performance. Kipchoge says he would like to return to Berlin and make another world record attempt.

2017 BMW Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge. Photo: Martin Meissner/Associated Press

In Kipchoge’s words, “I still have good marathons in my legs, there’s no doubt about that.”

There’s also no doubt that Berlin is one of the fastest marathon courses in the world. In the 44-year history of the race, 10 world records have been set.

Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya dropped out of this year’s race at the 30-kilometer mark.

And another pre-race favorite, Ethiopian star Kenenisa Bekele, also dropped out, one year after winning the title in Berlin in 2:03:03 – only six seconds off the world record.

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One response to “Olympic Champ Kipchoge Reflects On Berlin Marathon Win”

  1. Sir Joshua Zenit says:

    Great victory for Africa again. And you might want to say winning the Berlin Marathon can’t elude Eliude Kipchoge. As they say twice is nice. Reading the SSOS blog keeps me young.

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