Two times Men’s champion reveals plans to contend at the next Olympic Games and expect to add to his Rio and Tokyo road running titles.
Eliud Kipchoge affirms he will go for a third Olympic marathon gold at Paris 2024
Kenya’s two times Olympic Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge said Wednesday he is looking to make it a record-breaking three in succession at the 2024 Games in Paris.
“I still have something boiling in my stomach that’s why I am looking forward to it (racing in Paris),” Kipchoge said at a virtual media conference from his training ground in Kenya.
Besides Kipchoge, only Abebe Bikila (1960, 1964) and Waldemar Cierpinski (1976, 1980) have won consecutive Olympic marathon titles.
The 37-year-old Kenyan, who won consecutive titles at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics in Rio and Tokyo, also on Wednesday signed another sponsorship deal with British chemicals giant Ineos to prepare for the Games.
He left a mark on the world in October 2019 when he crushed the two-hour marathon barrier, running 1hr 59min 40.2sec in a Vienna experiment that does not, however, count as an official record.
“I am excited to keep breaking barriers,” Kipchoge said in a statement.
The Kenyan world record holder, whose official marathon record remains at 2:01:39, will be only a couple of months short of his 40th birthday celebration when he contends in Paris in July 2024.
Assuming that he succeeds, Kipchoge would also become the eldest Olympic marathon champion, beating Romanian Constantina Dita who won the Beijing ladies’ marathon in 2008 at 38 years old.