Kipchoge Shows Olympic Form With Enschede Marathon Win
Zeeshan Mehtab 1 month ago Sun 18th April 2021 | 04:20 PM
Enschede, Netherlands, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Apr, 2021 ) :Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, won the Enschede Marathon on Sunday in preparation for the Tokyo Games.
"It is mission accomplished," the 36-year-old Kenyan said.
"It was so good a marathon happened a few months before the Olympics to test our fitness." Kipchoge completed the course, over eight laps at Twente airport, in 2 hours 4 minutes and 30 seconds. He was well outside his official world record of 2:01.39 set in Berlin in 2018 but comfortably outpaced his competition.
Jonathan Korir, another Kenyan, stayed with his training partner until 33km when Kipchoge accelerated. Korir dropped away to finish more than two minutes back in 2:06.40, a personal best.
Steinruck dropped her rivals in the second half of the race.
The invitation-only event, which served as a Tokyo Games qualifier, was originally scheduled for Hamburg but was moved to a closed circuit in the Netherlands and put back a week because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The conditions were really good, a bit windy but I have no complaint," Kipchoge said.
Kipchoge rebounded in eight laps on the Enschede runways.
As defending Olympic champion he had already qualified for the Games.