Saturday, June 15, 2024

Kenya: 'I Am Still a Student of the Game,' Marathon Goat Kipchoge Says As He Vows Strong Comeback After Boston Loss

Nairobi — World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge says last month’s poor showing at the Boston Marathon jolted him into the reality that he needs to work harder if he is to attain the goals he has set for himself.

The two-time Olympics marathon clocked 2:09:23 in a disappointing sixth at the World Marathon Majors race, his first loss since he finished eighth at the London Marathon in 2020.

Kipchoge said the loss was a learning experience for him.

“I have learned a lot of lessons (from the Boston Marathon) and one of the most important is the need to work harder. I have learnt on the need for consistency and to keep pushing. It (the loss) shows that life is not a smooth ride or a comfort zone. There are always bumps along the way and when you hit one, you have to get up and keep going,” the four-time Berlin Marathon champion said.

Kipchoge further exuded confidence that he will be back to winning ways, pointing to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics where he bounced back from his loss in London to claim a second consecutive title in Sapporo.

“I have experienced a lot of setbacks in my career but I have learned to adopt a positive attitude so that these setbacks do not interfere with my momentum. A good example is the London Marathon in 2020 where I finished eighth. Although it was very disappointing, it encouraged me to work even harder at the Tokyo Olympics where I won my second Olympics gold and last year’s Berlin Marathon where I set a new record in the men’s marathon,” Kipchoge said.

He added: “Last month, I experienced another setback in Boston where I finished sixth. I am even more motivated and working hard towards my next marathon.”