- Eliud Kipchoge will be keen to defend his Olympic marathon gold medal during the Tokyo edition
- According to the Kenyan athlete, winning the gold medal will be the greatest highlight of his career
- The Summer Games come only months after he reaffirmed his status as a marathon icon after storming to victory in April in the Netherlands
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Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge has said he will be eyeing the gold medal when he takes to the track during the Tokyo Olympics.
Kipchoge will be desperate to defend his Olympic marathon crown during the Summer Games slated for between Friday, July 23, to Sunday, August 8.
And just days before the competition, the marathon champion has reminded his opponents what to expect.
Speaking to Reuters, the 36-year-old declared his intent to cart home the gold medal, insisting he was still hungry.
“I am still hungry for running in the Olympic Games and winning a gold medal, so I still feel fresh every time I wake up,” he said.
“Actually if I win a gold medal this will be the highest. I really value Olympic games and I am really fighting for it and I am really training for it,” he added.
Kipchoge, who became the first athlete to run a marathon in under two hours during the INEOS 1:59 Challenge back in October 2019 will be looking to cement his place as the world’s best marathoner.
Only recently the Kenyan star suffered a shock defeat during the London Marathon before reaffirming his status months later when he cruised to victory in the Netherlands.
Yego resigns as Team Kenya Olympics captain
Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported javelin star Julius Yego has announced he will not be leading Team Kenya Olympics athletes as captain.
Yego’s resignation came days after he fell out with Athletics Kenya management over lack of a professional coach to prepare him for the Tokyo Olympics.
The Olympic silver medalist lamented he had been forced to train by himself as he plots for the gold medal during the postponed Summer Games.
Eunice Sum, who has been his deputy is now set to take over charge of the team albeit in an acting capacity.
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