Eliud Kipchoge: Why marathon legend will miss 2024 London Marathon and other races

Eliud Kipchoge: Why marathon legend will miss 2024 London Marathon and other races

Festus Chuma 16:15 - 18.04.2024

Eliud Kipchoge has not participated in any races since Tokyo Marathon, focusing on intensive training for an upcoming major challenge.

Eliud Kipchoge has revealed why he decided to skip the 2024 London Marathon and other forthcoming races. 

This strategic choice is driven by his dedication to defending his Olympic marathon title at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games.

Kipchoge last competed in March at the Tokyo Marathon where he finished an uncharacteristic 10th which is considered as a rare dip in his otherwise stellar career. 

Reflecting on his performance, Kipchoge expressed a renewed focus on what may be his most challenging goal yet: securing an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic marathon gold medal.

"I trust I will make it to the Olympics for my fifth appearance and that is why I want to put all my mind, my heart, and my thoughts into preparations,” said Kipchoge as per Daily Nation.

“That is why I won’t have any other engagements up until Paris.”

Kipchoge’s decision not to compete in any races is also influenced by the intense competition expected at the Paris Olympics. 

With strong contenders from Ethiopia, Uganda, and the United States, Kipchoge acknowledges the need for undivided attention to his training and strategy.

“There is competition everywhere with athletes from 106 countries set to compete. Everybody has an equal opportunity and is a champion in their own right. It will be suicidal to underrate anyone," he commented during a recent gathering at the National Olympic Committee of Kenya.

Moreover, Kipchoge's commitment to the Olympic cause is more than just about personal achievement. 

“You see, I can’t build roads and bridges hence this is the only way I can give back to our country and remain patriotic," he added.

The Kenyan runner also touched on the challenges and distractions outside of sports, particularly the political and social issues affecting his homeland. 

"Our political landscape can be grim, with tribalism threatening our unity. However, sports provide a neutral ground, and I aim to use my platform to promote unity and inspire the next generation," Kipchoge concluded.

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