Tokyo 2020 athletics day 10: Eliud Kipchoge looks to defend his marathon crown

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21:  Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold during the Men's Marathon on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 21: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold during the Men's Marathon on Day 16 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Sambodromo on August 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

With the finals of the men's marathon taking place, here’s everything you need to know about the 10th day of the Olympic athletics competition at Tokyo 2020 on 8 August 2021.

What’s happening?

What's on today? Only the most gruelling men's race on the Olympic calendar. The men's marathon race takes place at Sapporo Odori Park, having been moved from Tokyo due to the hot temperatures the city experiences during summer. But seasonal heat won't be the only challenge facing the runners who will take part in the 42.195km run through the streets of Japan. As much a mental battle as it is physical, the marathon is known to challenge even the most experienced runners in ways they never imagined. And while there may be favourites, it's impossible to predict who will come out on top in the final event on the Olympic athletics schedule.

Who should I expect to see?

Eliud Kipchoge is the Rio 2016 gold medallist, world record holder and the only man to run a marathon in under two hours. He will also be the athlete to beat when the Tokyo 2020 marathon takes place on 8 August. However, defending an Olympic marathon title is not an easy task. Waldemar Cierpinski did it, all the way back in 1980, with Abebe Bikila also completing the double in 1960 and 1964. However, no other man has ever won back-to-back marathon golds. If Kipchoge is to do it, he will need to defeat four competitors who have run faster than him this year, including three of his compatriots - Titus Ekiru, Reuben Kipyego and Barnabas Kiptum - who each beat his mark at the same May race in Milan.

What happened in the Rio 2016 finals?

Men's marathon final:

1- ELIUD KIPCHOGE

2- FEYISA LILESA

3- GALEN RUPP

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Competition schedule

Date and Time: Sun 8 Aug. 7:00 - 9:45

Venues: Sapporo Odori Park

  • Men's Marathon Final