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KIPCHOGE THE KING

KENYAN IS UNDISPUTED WORLD NO.1 AND COULD BE THE GREATEST EVER MARATHONER

MARATHON

WHEN Eliud Kipchoge stormed to victory in the London Marathon in April, he confirmed his position as favourite to win the Olympic title. It was his sixth win over 26.2 miles in seven races in times ranging from 2:03:05 to 2:05:30 against topclass opposition at a variety of big-city marathons.

Surely he could not be beaten. Yet this was the Olympic marathon – an unpredictable, lottery of a race which shows no respect for reputation and has a history full of gold medallists who were barely known before they toed the line.

Many modern marathon runners realise this and dodge championship events like this – with no pacemakers, lack of prizemoney and often unpredictable weather conditions – in favour of more lucrative big-city events.

Dominant: Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge came into the event as a big favourite, with six wins at 2:05:30 or faster

“THIS IS THE BEST MEDAL THAT I’VE HAD IN MY LIFE”ELIUD KIPCHOGE, on his marathon victory

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RIO 2016 COVERAGE 6 Introduction and medal table MEN 8 200m 10 1500m 12 5000m 14 3000m s’chase 16 110m hurdles 17 400m hurdles 18 High jump 19 Triple jump 20 Shot put 21 Hammer 22 Javelin 24 Decathlon 26 50km walk 28 Marathon 30 4x100m 31 4x400m WOMEN 34 200m 36 800m 38 1500m 40 5000m 42 100m hurdles 44 400m hurdles 45 High jump 46 Long jump 48 Pole vault 49 Discus 50 Javelin 51 20km walk 52 4x100m 53 4x400m NEWS 56 Chris Thompson’s tribute to Mo Farah 57 Coach tips Andy Butchart for podium 58 Danny Talbot pleased with 2016 60 Jess Judd switches coaches PERFORMANCE 62 Sports science news 64 Athlete Insight – Jake Wightman 66 ‘Overspeed’ training for sprints RESULTS & FIXTURES 68 Results round-up, including Manchester International and BMC Stretford Grand Prix 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 82 DIP FINISH

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