NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
London marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge says he
intends to defend his Olympic title at the Tokyo 2020 games.
Kipchoge, who has
been touted as the greatest ever marathon with his eighth win in
nine attempts in London last Sunday, wants to attain the feat
before he retires from the sport.
“My aim is to
continue through until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where I will
defend my marathon title. Tokyo 2020 is definitely not in the
back of mind. It is in the front of my mind,” Kipchoge told
reporters here on Tuesday.
Kenya has the right to select who represents the country in the
Olympics, Kipchoge believes he will be strong enough to continue
the dominance in the 42km race until 2020.
For now, Kipchoge,
34, is not revealing what will be his next stop as he takes a
deserved rest and recover from that grueling performance in
“For now, it will be
important for me to recover and then discuss with my management
and coaches on the best possible race,” he said.
Kipchoge said he
still gets nervous before the race and worries if he will be
able to weather the storm from all the elite runners and the
expectations of his fans.
“I still get nervous
when starting a race. The day and morning of the race are as
hard as to anyone. I always try to breathe and be normal,” he
winner Tirunesh Dibaba, who did not finish the London Marathon,
said she has learnt a valuable lesson about running fast times
and will be wiser in her future competitions.
“Thank you for
having me at the London Marathon. Even though my training went
well, I misjudged the pace and unfortunately didn’t have the
strength to finish. I will be back strong. Thank you all for all
the support,” she said.