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It’s not rocket science achieving marathon success – Eliud Kipchoge

World record holder over the marathon Eliud Kipchoge says it isn’t rocket science to achieve Olympic success in the race.

The 36-year-old became the third man in history to successfully defend the men’s marathon title after storming to victory at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games earlier this month. He also annexed gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 08: Silver medalist Abdi Nageeye of Team Netherlands, gold medalist Eliud Kipchoge of Team Kenya and bronze medalist Bashir Abdi of Team Belgium pose during the medal ceremony for the Men’s Marathon Final during the Closing Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 08, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Igor Kralj/PIXSELL/MB Media/Getty Images)

Kipchoge joined 1960 and 1964 champion Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia and East German Waldemar Cierpinski who’s the winner in Montreal in 1976 and Moscow in 1980 as a back-to-back winner.

“It’s not magic, nor is it rocket science. It’s the talent, the in-depth and discipline. It’s actually all about good preps and planning which I believe uplifted me to the rare position,” Kipchoge said as he returned to Kenya from Japan.

Kipchoge also revealed that the ladies’ win in the marathon category made him even hungrier for success.

“Actually, the Kenyan ladies gave me motivation and enough reason and energy to attack. I’m glad the gold was in the bag in the long run.”

Arguably the greatest male marathoner of all time is silent on his immediate plans.

Talking about the race, Kipchoge says he is happy to be the winner in Sapporo.

“I want to change the world and attest to the fact that no man is limited. I want to use my success to make running a lifestyle on this planet.

“I’m still around but it will reach a time to finally hang my racing shoes and move on to other things. The year 2020 was a bit of a challenge to the whole world.

“We didn’t know we would ever run again. But I would like to thank the government for believing in us and the organisers in Japan for their unswerving support.  Kudos to Japan for making it happen.”