Racing for the first time since his disappointing eighth place finish at the 2020 London Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge registered the world's fastest marathon time of the year on Sunday Morning in Enschede, The Netherlands.
On a flat 5K loop around Enschede's Twente airport, the Kenyan legend stopped the clock at 2:04:30, more than two minutes ahead of the field. Kipchoge, who showed no sign of strain or fatigue when crossing the finish line, said he used the race as preparation for the 2021 Olympic marathon on August 8. Kipchoge's compatriot and neighbour, Jonathan Korir, held on to the winner's pace until 32km, and eventually crossed the line in 2:06:40.
The women's race, which lacked a world-beating headliner, saw Katharina Steinrück of Germany take gold in a personal best time of 2:25:58. Portugal's Sara Moreira, was second in 2:26:42. The event turned out to be a boon for Tokyo 2021 hopefuls across the world. A total of 10 women and 15 men from 11 countries ran faster than the standards of 2:29:30 and 2:11:30.
In an instant reaction podcast, Michael Doyle and Alex Cyr break down whether or not Kipchoge's performance suggests he will be the man to beat in Tokyo, they revisit their predictions about the race, and they talk about the excitement of watching so many racers flirt with Olympic standard.