Eliud Kipchoge keeping his 'fingers crossed' ahead of Olympic title defense

ATHLETICS Eliud Kipchoge keeping his 'fingers crossed' ahead of Olympic title defense

Abigael Wafula 09:52 - 23.12.2023

Eliud Kipchoge is hoping that luck will knock on his door once again as he hopes to make history at the Olympic Games next year.

Two-time Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge has candidly spoken about his ambitions ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris, France next year.

Kipchoge will be seeking to make history as the first man to win three consecutive Olympic titles over the marathon when he lines up against a strong field next year. However, he explained that he is keeping his options open and will accept the outcome.

Kipchoge bagged his first Olympic title over the marathon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games then proceeded to win his second title at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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“Winning (the Olympics) for the third time will be good for me, good for the world, and good for the next generation.

"I’m really crossing my fingers and will accept whatever happens (in Paris) because this is sports but I have fixed my mind on becoming the first human being to win three consecutive Olympic titles and that will be great for the world,” Kipchoge said during an international media interview on Thursday.

However, Kipchoge insisted that at the moment, his mind is focused on running the Tokyo Marathon scheduled for Sunday, March 3, 2024.

“I don’t want to contradict my mind…My mind is on Tokyo…you don’t chase two rabbits at the same time.

"I discussed with the team about all the other races but Tokyo took all the credit. Number one because of the timeline.

"We always say respecting time is not being punctual but respecting your responsibility. So, running in Tokyo early in the year is respecting the responsibility of running at the Olympic Games,” Kipchoge added.