Eliud Kipchoge has made Kenyans proud after successfully defending his Olympic marathon title in Tokyo, Japan.
On Sunday morning, Kipchoge stormed to gold after winning the Olympic men’s marathon in two hours, eight minutes and 38 seconds, giving Kenya a total of four gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics.
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The 36-year-old marathoner has now won two consecutive Olympic Gold medals in the Men’s Marathon after winning the 2016 race in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.
Taking to Twitter to celebrate his win, Kipchoge wrote: “The Olympic dream is a special dream. For every athlete here it has taken a lifetime of preparation to get to this point. Today I lived my Olympic dream. I always say that sport is like life, whereby you can win and lose. But today was a day where I won.”
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He added: “I can say I successfully defended my Olympic title. I want to share thanks to the people of Japan and the Olympic organisation for doing an incredible job in making these Olympics happen. A running world is a happy world.”
Kenyans on social media were quick to react to Kipchoge’s win and here’s most of them had to say;
Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest marathoner of all time and NO ROAD in Nairobi is Named after him. No Statue in the City for the Legend. Come on. Raise a Damn statue and Name a Road after this Legend. I always hear the name Eliud Kipchoge and I smile with Joy as a Kenyan. ???? — BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) August 8, 2021
Once again, Kenya wins because of a patriotic sportsman who has dedicated his life to being a good ambassador. The obese turtles are somewhere, probably sleeping.
A statue for Kipchoge!
Congratulations to Eliud Kipchoge — Mwalimu Dida Kinuthia Mwangi (@mwalimu_dida) August 8, 2021
Never felt so proud to be Kenyan. This man, Eliud Kipchoge, goosebumps! pic.twitter.com/LhNfsU79fG — Tonnie Wa Juja.™ (@tonnie_wa_juja) August 7, 2021
Eliud Kipchoge is no longer competing. He is running against his record. Is time to beat the old record, it’s his time, is time for Kipchoge, make Kenya shine the son of the soil. Make Africa shine. We love you and we are watching. Ancestors are watching. He leads others follow. pic.twitter.com/T8LRRWR19A — Phefumula (SOBNS) (@Shadrack_NBSO) August 8, 2021
Eliud Kipchoge is the greatest of all time…in ANY sport Together with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
His domination in a major sport in the modern era is unprecedented.
Over 17 marathons, 8 years, only two lost. Double Olympic Champion. World Record. The G.O.A.T #Olympicspic.twitter.com/hurZF576FC — Tito (@Esauchitwa) August 8, 2021
This man Eliud Kipchoge deserves a Statue at the JKIA and any other International Airport in the Country. He’s the realest G.O.A.T ?? pic.twitter.com/7s9yzgzg80 — Eric (@RoyalRiqs) August 8, 2021
Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for applying the Bottoms up marathon running model and bringing home the gold medal ,,the Hustler Nation is happy,Anko William Ruto is a happy man,mama mboga is celebrating, mkokoteni and bodaboda guys are so excited,in short Kenya is happy
G.O.A.T pic.twitter.com/Ag04U9bK89 — UntitledHK (@UntitledHK) August 8, 2021
Eliud Kipchoge has totally destroyed the marathon field. Guy is phenomenal. The best 36yr old Marathoner in history. He can earn himself a mythical status in the track and field. Whatever INEOS injected in Kipchoge’s body in Vienna 2019, it will keep him winning until 40yr. pic.twitter.com/m6FMit5wMq — Ronald Muhinda (@RonaldMuhinda) August 7, 2021
Eliud Kipchoge is in the Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Michael Jordan and Simon Biles level of GOAT. He’s in the conversation of greatest athlete of all time. — Mamba Mentality (@CzarCule) August 8, 2021
Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge !!!
The 3rd human to defend an
Olympic championship successfully.
With only 3 years more to the next Oympics, Kipchoge will end his Career as the 1s human to win the Title 3 times consecutively
Let’s retweet this in 2024 pic.twitter.com/AAkUVzKRL1 — WORD KING (@WillieOeba) August 8, 2021
The GOAT has done it again. What a spectacular finish!
He’s a Legend, Genius and a History Maker.
Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge. Indeed, you are the epitome of elegance!#eliudkipchoge
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What an incredible race by Eliud Kipchoge at Tokyo Olympics. He successfully retains his gold medal in a time of two hours eight minutes 38 seconds. A true living legend! #TeamKenya#TokyoOlympicspic.twitter.com/EAKTxVmQIV — Hon Robert Mbui.Mp.DML.N.A (@MbuiRobert) August 8, 2021
Greatest marathoner of all times Sir. Eliud Kipchoge. You have done it again, you brought the Gold back home. Congratulations! #eliudkipchogepic.twitter.com/lKaaZITD78 — Silvanus Yeswa (@yeswa_yeswa) August 8, 2021
Eliud Kipchoge still had to remind us that absolutely no human is limited. It’s done, the GOLD is home!! Hongera @EliudKipchogepic.twitter.com/ghLSTbVLkF — Millimo Benson (@millimo_benson) August 8, 2021