After bagging gold at the NN Mission Marathon in Enschede, Netherlands, on Sunday, April 19, 2021, the world men’s marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge is now focusing on defending his Olympic title in Tokyo.
“This was a real test and quite the preparation ahead of Tokyo. The focus is now on the Olympics. I will consult with the coach and technical team to see what next in preparing for Tokyo,” reiterated Kipchoge.
The world champions won the NN Mission title in 2:04: 30, ahead of his compatriot Jonathan Korir and Eritrean Goitom Kifle, who finished second and third, respectively. Korir took 2:06:40 while Kifle 2:08:00.
Kipchoge, who returned to winning ways after a disappointing outing at London Marathon in October 2020, dominated the Sunday event. He finished eighth in the 2020 London Marathon, in which he complained of ear problems and a hamstring complication.
“Yes indeed, it is mission accomplished. For the organisers to hold this event successfully under the current circumstances, is a great achievement, and I thank them for that. The conditions were good, although it was a bit windy. However, there were other athletes who ran under the same condition and so I can’t complain too much about that. I do not always want to complain,” he added.
In the women’s race, German Katharina Steinruck clocked 2:25.59 to finish ahead of Portugal’s Sara Moreira in 2:26.42 and Rabea Schoneborn (2:27.03).
Gladys Chesir, Kenyan, finished in the eighth position.