Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge will seek to become only the third man to successfully defend his Olympic marathon title on Sunday at the Tokyo 2020 men’s marathon to be held at the Sapporo Odori Park.
Only Abebe Bikila of Ethiopia (Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964) and Waldemar Cierpinski of East Germany (Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980) have achieved this remarkable feat.
Following his gold medal at Rio 2016, the 36-year old Eliud Kipchoge has gone on to break the world record in men’s marathon at Berlin in 2018, with a time of 2:01.39. The Olympic record stands in the name of Samuel Wanjiru, also of Kenya, set at Beijing 2008 with a time of 2:06.32. Kipchoge had won at Rio 2016 with a time of 2:08.44.
Also in contention at the Tokyo Olympics men’s marathon will be Galen Rupp of the USA, who was the bronze medallist at Rio 2016.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Amos Kipruto of Kenya, the 2019 world championships gold and bronze medallists, respectively, will also be in the fray at the Tokyo Olympics men’s marathon.
The 2020 London Marathon winner Shura Kitata of Ethiopia will also challenge Kipchoge, as will Uganda’s Stephen Kiprotich, the London 2012 Olympics men’s marathon gold medallist.
The race will feature 106 runners. The Tokyo Olympics men’s marathon will take place on Sunday, August 8 from 3:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST) onwards.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-20 degrees on Sunday morning in Sapporo, with high humidity.
Where to watch the Tokyo Olympics men’s marathon live in India?
The Tokyo Olympics men’s marathon will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 2, Sony TEN 2 HD, Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels in India. Sony TEN 3, Sony TEN 3 HD, Sony TEN 4 and Sony TEN 4 HD will broadcast Tokyo 2020 in regional languages.
Live streaming of the Tokyo Olympics men’s marathon will be available on Sony Liv.
Live broadcast subject to Sony Sports Network.