- Eliud Kipchoge has lost only two of the 17 marathon competitions he has participated in
- The Kenyan runner cemented his place as the world's best after he won the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
- Kipchoge posted 2.08.38 to finish first, with Abdi Neegeye who won silver arriving in well over a minute
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Kenyans have taken to social media to hail Eliud Kipchoge following his epic show in Japan to win the country's fourth gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Kipchoge stormed to victory after posting an incredible 2.08.38 to cross the finish line ahead of Dutch athlete Abdi Negeeye and Belgium's Bashir Abdi.
Despite the harsh weather conditions in Sapporo that athletes had to contend with, Kipchoge remained impenetrably solid through the race to defend his Olympic crown.
In doing so, the Kenyan marathoner became only the third athlete in the Olympics history to replicate the feat after Ethiopian Abebe Bikila (in 1960 and 1964) and German Waldemar Cierpinski (in 1972 and 1976).
Of the more than 110 athletes who took the track in Sapporo, a massive 30 did not complete the race even as Kipchoge went on to cement his place as the best of the best.
After his victory, Kenyans wasted no time in sending the marathoner congratulatory messages, with many praising him as the greatest of all time.
"You made us proud Sir. (you deserve the title) Eliud Kipchoge. Congratulations the G.O.A.T."
A second added:
"Congratulations @EliudKipchoge. You are the G.O.A.T."
"Congratulations G.O.A.T. You’ve made us proud!"
A fourth joked:
"The International Olympics Committee should rename the marathon events at the subsequent Olympics to the Eliud Kipchoge race. We must be seen, whether they kithni or ndekni, we must be seen."
Here are more reactions from Kenyans on Kipchoge's win
Peres Jepchirchir wins gold in women's marathon
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported Kenya continued her dominance in the women’s marathon thanks to emphatic performances from Peres Jepchirchir and world record holder Brigid Kosgei.
The pair showed superb teamwork in the marathon to finish first and second respectively to win Kenya gold and silver at the Tokyo Olympics.
American Molly finished in third place to claim bronze.
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