News : Kipchoge wins at 2:04:30 in his ‘long run’ on Sunday in Twente
Without disheveled, finishing fresher than a rose and showing that he will reach a very good level at the Olympic Games marathon that will be held in Sapporo, Eliud Kipchoge has won the NN Mission Marathon. Twente Airport (after ruling out the first two options for Hamburg and Vienna) was finally the setting chosen for a test organized by the NN Running Team (Kipchoge’s own team, from Kamworor or Cheptegei) to search for the last Olympic minimums.
The ‘Philosopher’ breaks the race at km30
With the ‘Philosopher’ as the headliner taking advantage to compete in the spring and with almost four months to go for that Olympic event, there has been an abysmal difference between him and the second classified, his compatriot Jonathan Korir (2:06:40). More than two minutes specifically.
Has been from km 30 when Eliud has unmarked and he has finished the test alone, calm down. In fact, he has looked fresh in the post-race interview, which makes us see that he is in a good moment after what happened in London. The podium was closed by Goitom Kifle with 2:08:07. Fourth has been one of the hares, Philemon Kacheran, with 2:08:47.
What really mattered in the race were the Olympic minimums. And up to 11 men have come down from 2:11:30 on the cutoff. The Spanish Alejandro Jiménez was 20th with 2:15:15.
Minimum of Laura Méndez!
In women, victory for the German Katharina Steinbrück with 2:25:59 ahead of the Portuguese Sara Moreira (2:26:42) and the also German Rabea Schöneborn (2:27:03). In the absence of official confirmation, the Spanish Laura Méndez fell below the minimum of 2:29:30 for two seconds in her debut in the distance. Spectacular Valencian.