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Kiprotich pulls out as magnificent Kipchoge defends men’s Marathon Olympic title

David GOMBE

Kenyan marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge magnificently defended his Olympic title on the streets of Sapporo on Sunday morning.

Just like it was in Rio five years ago, the Kenyan pounced to another Olympic gold becoming only the third man to win consecutive Marathon titles.

Marathoners led by Kipchoge

Kipchoge joins Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila (1960 and 1964) and East German Waldemar Cierpinski (1976 and 1980) who are the other two men to have retained an Olympic title in the men’s marathon

The World record holder clocked 2:08:38 to successfully defend his crown. He won by 1:20 which is the largest victory margin in Olympic marathon since Frank Shorter in 1972 at the Munich games.

Netherlands Abdi Nageeye scooped silver with 2:09:58 with the Bronze medal going to Belgium’s Bashir Abdi in 2:10:00.

2012 London Olympics gold medalist, Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich did not finish the race.

Fred Musobo (2:18:39) and Felix Chemonges (2:20:53) the other Ugandans in the 42Km race finished 45th and 51st respectively.

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