Eliud Kipchoge: Delayed Olympics will benefit my title defense

  • The world’s chief marathon guy, Eliud Kipchoge, reckoned his initial response shocking when he heard that the 2020 Olympic games had been postponed because of the current outbreak of the corona virus.
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That shock soon gave its way to a disenchantment – but then defiance. “We will win this fight against the COVID-19,” said in an interview with Reuters- the barricade- breaking Kenyan, who is well known as the world’s best runner.

The man is ready to defend his title in the field of marathon that is rearranged in Tokyo Olympics next year. Kipchoge insists that for the moment his only concern is to take care of his family in Eldoret. “I am totally concentrating on my safety, I am totally concentrating on the safety of the whole family,” he said.

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He further encourages people to focus in that the virus is not friendly at all. “The virus has really hit us in a hard way. That’s why you need to focus.” The 35- year- old man explains that he had been relaxing at home when he got the news of the Tokyo Olympic postponement. “I was a little shocked and I had to go back, just to think more. I think and then I said, ‘it’s not a bad idea to actually postpone’.

Eliud had in his mind that the delayed Olympics will make his name remain on the top. This would give him enough time for a better training. “It’s a great time for us to go back, train again and we will come back with a lot of energy,” he said.

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The monster virus (Covid 19) has led to postponement as well as cancellation of the sports occasions all round the world inclusive of the London marathon. The next month was scheduled to be Eliud’s first outing since his October landmark in Vienna.


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