Shock as Eliud Kipchoge withdraws from Paris 2024 Olympics

Five-time Berlin Marathon Eliud Kipchoge has released a statement explaining why he will not be defending his marathon title at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In a shocking turn of events, two-time Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge will not be defending his Olympic title at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games scheduled for later this year.

In a heartfelt message to his fans, Kipchoge announced his withdrawal from the global showpiece. The decision, which has sent shockwaves throughout the sports world, comes as a surprise to many fans and analysts alike.

Kipchoge cited personal reasons, noting his desire to focus on other endeavours. The five-time Berlin Marathon champion issued a statement earlier today expressing his gratitude for the support he has received throughout his career, but also his need for a change in direction.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce my decision to withdraw from the Paris 2024 Olympics. Competing at the Olympics has always been a great thing and I was looking forward to winning my third successive title.

“However, at this juncture in my life, I feel compelled to explore new opportunities and challenges,” a part of the statement from the four-time London Marathon champion read.

Kipchoge has achieved so much on the track and the roads with numerous accolades to his name, including multiple Olympic medals and a world record to his name that was shattered by the late Kelvin Kiptum at last year’s Chicago Marathon.

Kipchoge has long been regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time and his decision has not been taken lightly by his fans who were hoping to see him descend on the start line one more time.

Fans of the sport have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the news, with many expressing their admiration for Kipchoge's accomplishments and wishing him well in his future endeavours.

While Kipchoge's absence will undoubtedly be felt at the Paris 2024 Olympics, the event is expected to showcase a new generation of talented athletes vying for glory on the world stage.

posted Monday April 1st