Red-hot favourite Eliud Kipchoge stormed to a runaway gold medal in a wet men’s marathon on Sunday, the final day of competition at the Rio Olympics.
The Kenyan broke away at the 35km mark and romped home to win in a time of two hours, eight minutes, 44 seconds — over a minute quicker than Ethiopia’s Feyisa Lilesa, who took silver, before claiming his life could be in danger.
American Galen Rupp, the 10,000m silver medallist in London four years ago, claimed bronze in 2:10:05.
In the shadow of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, poking through the rain clouds from high above the city, Kipchoge produced a virtuoso performance as he added gold to the 5,000m silver he won in Beijing in 2008 and his bronze from Athens 2004.
“It really feels great,” he told AFP after winning Kenya’s sixth gold medal of the Games, all of them in athletics.
“I felt I had a little bit in the tank and it was comfortable, it was very comfortable. It’s my first gold medal, it’s the best win of my life.”
It was a seventh victory in eight marathons for the 31-year-old phenomenon, who won the London Marathon for the second year running in April, coming within eight seconds of Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57.
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