Boxscore: NAIROBI, Kenya – July 1, 2021 – The marathon is one of the most unpredictable and competitive races in the Olympics. To win, one must not only depend on how physical preparation, but also one’s mindset going into the race.
Since the 1980 games in Moscow, there have been 10 different gold medalists in the marathon from eight different countries.
Another point to note about the Olympic men’s marathon race is that since 1980 no other athlete has ever defended his title since the great Waldemar Cierpinski of former East Germany who managed to do it in 1980 following his previous victory in the 1976 games.
The Tokyo Olympics will be a big test for the marathon GOAT Eliud Kipchoge who will be attempting to defend his title in Japan this summer.
Athletics Kenya has already named the country’s Olympics team ahead of next month’s games and Kipchoge will be leading the delegation in his attempt to defend the title that he won back in Rio.
Tokyo will not be a walk in the park for Kipchoge. The world record holder and the only man to ever run a marathon in under 2 hours will be battling for the gold medal alongside his fellow countrymen and teammates.
Amos Kipruto who also made the cut in the Kenyan team poses one of the biggest threats to Kipchoge.
Kipruto’s personal best is 2:18:31 which is the 11th best time in the history of the Marathon. He has also been in good shape in the recent past and therefore stands a good chance to cause an upset in Tokyo.
Olympic Debutant Vincent Kipchumba is another man to watch from Kenya. He won the Amsterdam Marathon in 2019 and also came second in London.
Another Man to watch on the Kenyan team is Lawrence Cherono whose PB is 2:03:04 is the seventh-best in the Marathon History.
The Ugandans have also proven to be one of the biggest contenders for the top price in Tokyo.
Having won their first Marathon men’s gold medal in 2012, Ugandan athletes have proven to be one of the biggest contenders in the race come Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Former Olympic Champion Stephen Kiprotich has been named to the Ugandan Marathon team along with Fred Musobo and Felix Chemonges.
Another African country with the potential to claim victory is Ethiopia who boasts an array of top marathoners, though they have yet to name their Tokyo Olympic team.
All in all the marathon race in this year’s Summer Olympics is promising to be a thrilling event, wherein any of the top-named athletes could possibly win.
We will be watching.
May be best marathoner win.