In summary

  • Kipchoge in a statement has described Monday as a tough day for him despite pushing himself hard.
  • Chebet on the other hand defended his title becoming the first marathoner to win the Boston Marathon back to back after 15 years.

Two time Olympics marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has broken his silence after the Boston Marathon defeat that saw him come sixth.

Kipchoge in a statement has described Monday as a tough day for him despite pushing himself hard.

“I live for the moments where I get to challenge the limits. It’s never guaranteed, it’s never easy. Today was a tough day for me. I pushed myself as hard as I could but sometimes, we must accept that today wasn’t the day to push the barrier to a greater height,” said Kipchoge.

Congratulates Chebet

He however congratulated Evans Chebet and other competitors on their win.

“I want to congratulate my competitors and thank everyone in Boston and from home for the incredible support I am so humbled to receive. In sports you win and you lose and there is always tomorrow to set a new challenge. Excited for what’s ahead,” he said.

Kipchoge aged 38 has won two Olympic gold medals and four of the six major marathons.

Chebet on the other hand defended his title becoming the first marathoner to win the Boston Marathon back to back after 15 years.

He beat his 2022 finish time of 2:06:51 to finish 2:05:54 this year.

President Ruto, world reacts

President William Ruto joined people from all over the world in appreciating Kipchoge describing him as their greatest of all time despite the loss.

@EliudKipchoge , you are the beast: an inspiration to generations to dream far beyond their potential. Hongera. – President William Ruto.

You did well GOAT and thanks for showing us how to push limits and break barriers if we dare to try. “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T S Eliot – Reuben Muhindi wrote.

You’re still a champ in my book! @humrashid.

It was a privilege to see you running the streets of Boston. Come back again soon! – @diburgo03.

A true champion! I like the way you share your life lessons from marathon running – @tezira.

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