Ezekiel Kemboi remains unfazed by Kipchoge’s Tokyo marathon show as he makes bold Olympic marathon claim

ATHLETICS Ezekiel Kemboi remains unfazed by Kipchoge’s Tokyo marathon show as he makes bold Olympic marathon claim

Mark Kinyanjui 05:32 - 18.03.2024

Kemboi is adamant Kipchoge still has everything it takes to compete at a high level despite his disapointment in Tokyo, which has prompted him into making a glaringly stark prediction about Kenya's chances at the Olympic games.

Two-time 3000m steeplechase Olympic champion Ezekiel Kemboi is unfazed by Eliud Kipchoge’s Tokyo Marathon disappointment, saying that he still has what it takes to clinch victory for the third Olympic marathon in a row this August.

Kipchoge finished a disappointing 10th nearly a fortnight ago, making it the second time in Tokyo that he had produced a dismal result.

There have been calls for Kipchoge to be even dropped entirely from the team despite his reputation, Tokyo winner Benson Kipruto tipped to be on the team, as well as Alexander Mutiso and Benson Kipruto.

However, Kemboi is adamant that the 39-year old marathoner can still dominate despite being on the wrong end of age for an athlete.

“Every monkey has its own day,” Kemboi said in a recent interview with Radio 47.

“It was not Eliud Kipchoge’s day but he is good. He may be aging but I still believe he has everything it takes.”

Kipchoge is part of the provisional team that will be representing Kenya at the Paris Olympic games, alongside  Amos Kipruto, Timothy Kiplagat and Vincent Kemboi.

Reigning world record holder Kelvin Kiptum would have been expected to be part of that team, but he will not be taking part in the event after dying tragically in a road accident back in February.

Kipchoge has a chance to complete a three-pit Olympic triumph, but is far from favorite this time round.

However, Kemboi has revealed that he genuinely sees Kenya completing a podium swoop at the Olympics.

“In my opinion, the current team set to represent the marathon in the men’s category will finish in the top four places.”

Pressed further about who specifically will clinch the gold medal, Kemboi remained cagey, but appeared to hint that Kipchoge’s experience would count in his favor.

“I don’t know who will clinch it, but Eliud is a hero and is massively experienced and I think he will be taking a parental role in guiding his colleagues over there.”