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2016/8/24

The marathon belongs to Kenya as Kipchoge claims Olympic gold




Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX champion Eliud Kipchoge produced another masterful marathon performance to claim the Olympic Games men's title for Kenya in Rio this morning, Sunday 21 August.

Kipchoge sealed his seventh victory in eight marathons to confirm his status as the greatest marathon runner in the world and take a commanding lead in Series X of the 12-month, eight race contest.

The 31-year-old smashed the Virgin Money London Marathon course record in April when he won in 2:03:05, the second fastest time ever, and today added another 25 points to his AbbottWMM total to move 25 clear of Ethiopia's Boston Marathon winner Lemi Berhanu at the top of this year's standings.

Kipchoge didn't need his London speed to win the Olympic gold, but the former world 5000m champion overcame wet and muggy conditions on the final day of the Games to beat the best of the rest of the world in a time of 2:08:44.

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