Eliud Kipchoge, to certify in Boston that he is not human

Eliud Kipchoge has been the only human being capable of lowering two hours in 42.195 kilometers (although his 1h59:40 of the Ineos Challenge in Vienna 2019 was not approved) and He has the official marathon planetary record in 2h:01:09 (Berlin 2022). His performance in the Philipides distance borders on the superhuman as it shows that he has won 17 of the 19 disputed. Today (15:37 TDP and RTVE Play) he faces unknown territory, Boston; the oldest commercial marathon with the possibility of getting closer to its alien status.

If the 38-year-old Kenyan prevails in the American event apart from sealing 90% victories every time he starts a marathon, He will achieve his fifth major (after Berlin, London, Chicago and Tokyo) and only the challenge of New York (which he could face this year in November) will remain ahead of him to complete the enormous challenge of winning the six majors (big marathons), which together with a possible third gold in Paris 2024 (August 11) would make him the only athlete in history to have such an incredible milestone. “I don’t just want to participate in the big six, I want to win them all; in addition to my third Olympic gold”, Kipchoge announced a few years ago.

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There are few doubts that Eliud is the best ever, but some still compare him to the Ethiopian Abebe Bikila who won the gold medal at the Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964 Games barefoot… in addition to twelve of the thirteen marathons he ran. to end it, Kipchoge will have to overcome a very complicated course such as the one in Boston, which goes from the interior to the coast to end in the downtown of the capital of Massachusetts, has many ups and downs of hills… and without hares to take him. In addition, a cloudy and cold day is expected (over 11º) and a percentage of rain of 25%, a liquid element that Kipchoge does not particularly like.

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In it ‘Day of the Patriots’ many fans from around the world will go with the fabulous African but he will have very tough rivals since up to seven rivals have fallen below 2h06, highlighting especially the Kenyan Evans Chebet 2h03:00, the Tanzanian Gabriel Geay 2h03:00 and the Ethiopian Herpasa Negasa 2h03:40. Regarding the records, the only one possible to beat is that of Boston itself, the slowest major after Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai’s NY: 2h03:02.

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