Eliud Kipchoge has won Kenya’s second gold medal in the men’s marathon in the Olympics since Samuel Wanjiru won the first in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics. Kipchoge broke away from his closest competitor Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in the last bend of the race.
Eliud Kipchoge has ended Kenya’s long wait for another gold medal in the men’s marathon after he won gold on Sunday, August 21 at the Rio Olympics.
Kenya last won gold in the men’s marathon in Beijing in 2008 when the late Samuel Wanjiru made history win Kenya’s first gold medal in the marathon.
Kipchoge broke away from his closest competitor Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in the last bend of the race.
Kipchoge had jokingly gestured to the Ethiopian to follow him as he broke away with a smile that left the crowds watching the race cheering his name.
Kipchoge won the race in a time of 2:08:44 with Lilesa of Ethiopia taking the silver medal and American Galen Rupp the bronze medal.
Kipchoge started his marathon career in 2013, after moving from 5,000 metres.
In the 5000 metres, Kipchoge won bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
2012 London Olympics champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda finished 14th in the race the other Kenyans Stanley Biwott failed to finish the race after getting a cramp with Wesley Korir also failing to finish the race.
Kenya has won six gold medals already at the Rio Olympics. The first gold was won in women’s marathon with Jemima Sumgong, David Rudisha also retained his gold in the men’s 800 metres.
Faith Kipyegon won gold in the women’s 1500 metres and Conselsus Kipruto continued Kenya’s domination of the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase when he won gold for Kenya. Vivian Cheruiyot won gold in the women’s 5000 metres which was the first for Kenya in the competition in history.
Kenya also has six silver medals and one bronze.