Kipchoge reveals inspiration behind historic quest for third Gold medal at Paris Olympics

31st March 2024

The Kenyan legend aims to become the first man in history to win three consecutive gold medals in the marathon at the Paris 2024 Olympics

Eliud Kipchoge. PHOTO| AFP
Eliud Kipchoge. PHOTO| AFP
  • Kipchoge already has two gold medals.
  • He won the Rio Olympics and continued his dominance by winning gold again in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
  • The athlete will be eyeing a slot in the team Kenya squared for the Olympic Games which commence on July 26.

"If you tell me tomorrow that the whole world has accepted to be a running world, I will retire."

These were words from two-time Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge who is daring to dream ahead of the Paris Olympics Games scheduled for July 26 to August 11, 2024.

True to his words 'No Human is Limited', Kipchoge is looking to enter the race to inspire the next generation of athletes and even ordinary people.

Speaking on the Loaf Podcast on Saturday, March 30, Kipchoge made it clear that winning his third gold medal at the Olympics would help him in sending a strong message.

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The veteran athlete passionately explained that the inspiration for his decision to take a stab at this year's Olympic Games is to inspire people about the virtues of consistency and longevity.

Besides that, Kipchoge noted the message he would like to pass out there is that anyone can set their eyes on something and pursue it no matter the circumstances and challenges.

Moreover, Kipchoge pointed out that he aims to build a spirit of athleticism which he noted can drive the next generation to push and achieve whatever they put their mind in.

"I am aiming to win three gold medals consecutively. That is what is in my mind. I will try my best to push myself and get that medal to inspire people and the next generation that longevity is the key and that you can make a call and actually pursue it to make it happen," he stated.

"I aim to inspire as many people as I can. That is why I always say I want to make this world a running world. If you tell me tomorrow that the whole globe has accepted to be a running world, I will retire," he insisted.

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When asked about how finishing 10th in the Tokyo Marathon may have affected him, Kipchoge indicated that he has picked himself up and is now focused on turning a setback into victory.

"I have learnt that you can train in a good way, and be in good shape but something will remain unlocked and disappointments will come in. But we always say that a coin has two sides and that is life.

Personally, I did not succeed as far as the Tokyo Marathon is concerned. I feel disappointed having trained for 12 months without getting the real results but that's not the end of the life," he stated.

The athlete will be eyeing a slot in the team Kenya squared for the Olympic Games which commence on July 26.

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He will be entering the stage being considered one of the greatest marathoners of all time having won 15 of the 18 marathons in which he has raced.

 In addition to two Olympic gold medals, he has won the Chicago (2014), Berlin (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022, and 2023), and London (2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019) marathons.

In 2019 he broke the two-hour mark in an unsanctioned marathon, finishing in 1 hr 59 min 40 sec. With all the accolades, Kipchoge will be looking to finish on a high note and live up to his expectations.

He will become the first man in history to win three three gold medals in the Olympics should he triumph.

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