What Eliud Kipchoge Needs To Do Next: Win New York, Boston and Tokyo

By Robert Johnson
August 12, 2021

Last Sunday, Eliud Kipchoge did it again. He destroyed the Olympic marathon field and won by over a minute for the second straight Olympics.

When he won his first Olympic marathon in 2016, we declared “without a doubt” that Kipchoge was already the greatest marathoner ever. Since then, he’s won four more majors, run 2:00:25 and 1:59:40 in exhibitions, and now won another Olympic gold. Ridiculous.

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He’s easily the greatest marathoner in history and the argument can be made that if you split his career in half, he’s got the two best careers in history.

What’s next?

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What Kipchoge should do now is eliminate the one hole he has on his marathon CV.

Eliud Kipchoge has never won a non-rabbitted, non-pancake flat major marathon. Yes, he’s never lost one of those races either as he’s never raced Boston or New York.

To have as near to perfect resume as possible, Kipchoge needs to pick up wins in Boston and New York. He also should pick up a win in Tokyo — the one other major he’s never won.

If he wins all six majors — something he’s said he wants to do — then he will have accomplished something that can never be surpassed, only equaled.

Eliud Kipchoge, if you want your legacy to be even more impressive, go win New York, Tokyo, and Boston.

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