And 2 years ago he lost (8th place) a marathon (London) for the 1st time in 7 years, his only marathon loss since 2013.
He won his 1st marathon, also in 2013, finished second in his next (the loss noted above), then won his next nine (unheard of!) before the 2020 loss in London, before bouncing back to win his next 3, including the OG.
He did not contest the WC marathon this year.
He will be 38 in 2 months and has massive training and racing miles on his body.
2 years ago was the 1st sign of his being human.
I suspect this next race will show him to be human again and not impervious to age and miles.
Hope to be wrong but I am going out on a limb and predicting he does not win.
Would love to see KB, who of course is even older and has shown far more chinks in his armour, pull off a major upset.
You don’t have to be a Kipchoge hater to make a simple prediction; I predicted he’d win but fade to 2:02:59 and I’ve written thousands of words arguing Kipchoge’s case for the greatest runner of all time. But in contrast to Kipchoge’s tagline, I believe “Every human is limited.”
A little crazy to me how many assume he can blow his WR away, and funny how the upvote/downvote feature on the more tempered predictions reveals the pervasive reaction is “Boooo! Kipchoge good! Hater bad!”
" Also ideal. The projected humidity at 10 am is 89% (98% at 8 am) which actually is ideal as moist air is less dense than ordinary air. The projected dew point during the race is 53-54 (Weather update provided by LetsRun.com weather guru Robert Johnson)."
So you think is easier running in humid air than dry air because you read that humid air is less dense? How about all that moisture? Try tell that to those who suffer from asthma Rojo, especially when is cold... Not to say that when that dew point starts creeping up....