Olympic Latest: Kenya's Kipchoge wins repeat marathon gold

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Eliud Kipchoge, of Kenya, leads during the men's marathon astatine  the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, successful  Sapporo, Japan. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

Eliud Kipchoge, of Kenya, leads during the men's marathon astatine the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, successful Sapporo, Japan. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

TOKYO – The Latest connected the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking spot nether dense restrictions aft a year’s hold due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic:

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MEDAL ALERT

Eliud Kipchoge pulled distant precocious and nary 1 could travel adjacent to catching him arsenic the 36-year-old from Kenya defended his Olympic marathon title.

Kipchoge finished successful 2 hours, 8 minutes, 38 seconds connected a breezy and humid Sunday on the streets of Sapporo. It was much than 80 seconds up of runner-up Abdi Nageeye of the Netherlands. Bashir Abdi of Belgium earned bronze to adjacent retired the way and tract information of the Tokyo Games.

On a time with plentifulness of unreality cover, Kipchoge cruised. The somesthesia was astir 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius) astatine the commencement and climbed to 84 (29). The men’s contention kept with its archetypal commencement clip a time aft the women’s contention was moved up an hr to debar the heat.

Humidity was astatine 81% arsenic the runners coiled their mode done Sapporo, which is located astir 500 miles (about 830 kilometers) northbound of Tokyo. The contention was moved to flight the utmost heat, but it was astir the aforesaid somesthesia Sunday successful Tokyo — and rainy.

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Kipchoge smiled on the mode and adjacent fist-bumped a chap racer. Kipchoge becomes the 3rd jock to triumph aggregate golden medals successful the men’s marathon, joining Abebe Bikila (1960, ’64) and Waldemar Cierpinski (’76, ’80).

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