The Kenyan world record holder was convincingly best in and around Sapporo. He completed the classic 42.195 km in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Nagyi won the silver medal ahead of Belgian Bashir Abdi.
For 32-year-old Nageeye, it’s the best marathon result of his career. He finished fourth at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2019, when he improved the Dutch record to 2.06.17. Nageeye finished 11th in the Olympic marathon in Rio de Janeiro and improved that performance in Tokyo.
Kipchoge left the other leaders behind for more than 30 kilometers and proved on his long haul that he’s still the best marathon runner right now, even in the grueling conditions of Sapporo. The 36-year-old Kenyan world record holder with 2.01.39 and the only athlete to run under two hours in a private marathon, is the third athlete to win marathon gold twice after Ethiopia’s Abebe Bikila and former East German Waldemar. Serpinski knows how to win.
Nagy at work.
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For the Olympic marathon, it was already decided in 2019 to move it from Tokyo to Sapporo, more than 1,000 kilometers to the north due to the heat. However, it was almost as warm there as it is in Tokyo at the closing weekend of the Olympics. In temperatures around 30 degrees with high humidity, it quickly turned into a knockout race.
First gear from world record holder Kipchoge weakest leading group. European champion Kon Naert of Belgium had to start at 28 kilometers. By that time, two Ethiopian marathon runners and Ugandan Stephen Kibroch, 2012 London Olympic Marathon winner, had long given up. At Kipchoge’s fast pace, last Ethiopian world champion Lilisa Desisa had to give up the first set. However, Nagy remained ahead.
In pursuit of the fleeing Kipchoge 30km away, Nageeye had to leave a gap for a three with Abdi, Kenyan Lawrence Chirono and Spaniard Shred for Mudasim, but he resisted well. In the last race to the finish, Nageeye urged his fellow Belgian to run with him, after which the two passed Kenya’s Cherono for the medals.
The other two Dutch runners, Khaled Schokoud and Bart van Nonen, did not finish the marathon.
Abdi Nagy is a world class performer.
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