The 2023 Boston Marathon Was Crazy || Eliud Kipchoge VS. The WorldApr 18, 2023
abroad it's finally time for the
2023this race is easily one of the most anticipated
2023in fact it might be one of the most anticipated marathons of all time and it's all because of one very special athlete competing in this race and that man is
worldrecord holder himself Elliot
kipchogeof Kenya for over a decade there hasn't been a single race that the
kipchogehasn't been able to absolutely dominate from the streets of London to the highways of Chicago to the
worldrecord race which was the 2022 Berlin Marathon, this special runner from Kenya has made more history than any athlete before him over this distance, however for this year's race in Boston, Kibchoke will make his Boston Marathon debut and is you may have your biggest challenge to date, as this race is one of the most unpredictable marathons in the world what separates Boston from any other major world marathon is the special combination of uphill and downhill running that varies much more than any other marathon throughout the year if we take a look at the elevation maps of each race we can clearly see that Boston is built differently and in the minds of many around the world, this hilly course will introduce Kipshoge to one of the biggest challenges of his career so far.
However, it's not just the hills that will inevitably affect these runners, but the unpredictable weather. and also the unpredictable pace that comes from having no pace is present in this race with so many moving pieces in a 26.2 mile race. This marathon is something of a chess game when it comes to endurance performances, however, unlike any other in marathon history. or really any running event for that matter kipchoge is able to make the right moves at the right time and he does it better than anyone in history and in this year's installment of the
bostonmarathon we saw a truly spectacular run now to start this race started with near ideal race conditions about 9 degrees celsius it was cloudy and while the rain was trying to make its appearance here it was mostly clear meaning race conditions were almost perfect the only thing really going to pass Here, one problem for the runners was the wind, as the gusts were about 10 kilometers per hour and it was blowing directly on the athletes as they started, but since Boston can have much worse weather, this is a pretty day pleasant. for a marathon and with conditions looking pretty solid, it didn't take long for this race to unfold through the first five kilometers, the field splitting a blistering time of 14 minutes and 17 seconds, which is almost exactly two hours of final pace for marathon east The opening 5K represents a general pace of 2 minutes 51.4 seconds per kilometer or 4 minutes 35.84 seconds per mile, so yeah these guys were moving through these first 5K , but it was not that surprising given that it was a completely downhill part, but still It was very exciting to see how the pace started red hot in this first stage.
The field still had about 15 athletes hanging out in front, but as the next few kilometers approached, the field only got smaller and smaller over the 10 kilometer split. The pace was still excellent. fast as they split a time of 28 minutes into 52 seconds overall the pace had slowed down a bit but they were still running at a pace of 253 a kilometer or 438 a mile however it was pretty obvious the pace was starting to abate and largely. In part, this was because the rain was officially making an appearance. These first 10 kilometers were still very fast but at this point Jeffrey Mutai's course record was beginning to fade as his projected finish was around 2 hours 4 minutes and although this potential course record was slipping becoming less and less likely, the competition in front was still extremely strong with none other than kiptogay leading the way approaching the half marathon.
The division of the field was still about 12 athletes strong, including Conor Mance from the United States. CJ Albertson of the United States. Vincent Cabrito from Kenya Evans Tibet from Kenya and also Elliot Kipshoge, the world record holder in the marathon at the moment, most of these front runners still looked pretty comfortable and with a half marathon split time of one hour two minutes and 19 seconds the field was officially through the halfway point now buy the half marathon division conditions had officially gotten much worse with the rain now clearly affecting the runners in front now they were still moving pretty well but the course record in this point was almost completely out of reach through the 30 kilometer mark, the field clocking a time of 1 hour 29 minutes 23 seconds, an overall pace of 448 per mile or 258 per kilometer, but then something completely unthinkable happened.
Tanzania's Gabriel gie made a big rise just after the 1 hour 30 minute mark. and in making this move not only was no one else tagging along but Elliot Kipshoge fell to the back of the pack very quickly at first this wasn't much of a concern because Giese's move was clearly a very rapid rise but during the The next few minutes, Kechoge just continued. to fall further and further from the lead by 35km Mark Evans chibet was now pushing very hard to the front with Vincent cabrito and John carrera following close behind and through this 35km split they put together a time of 1hr 44min 19sec and for Elliot Kipshoge, he had a time of 1 hour 45 minutes in 32 seconds, over a full minute out of the leading pack given Kipchoge's undisputed goat status and his recent 2022 world record, this drop was definitely unexpected and, though he was clearly struggling. at this point the race in front was shaping up to be extremely competitive after going through 35km it was now up to Evans chibet and gabriel guia both running extremely fast up front with vincent cabrito also holding around 10sec behind with just a few few In the remaining kilometers of this race, it was now Evans who was clearly bidding for the lead and fighting for second were Gabriel Galle and Benson Kipruto, but the pace of the Tibetan in front was too much for anyone else to handle as he slipped away from the group over the last few kilometers and with a final mile of around 4 minutes and 45 seconds Evan Strabet won this race in two hours, five minutes and 54 seconds successfully defending his Boston Marathon title finishing in second place with a very close finish awesome was gabrielle guye in two hours six minutes and four seconds barely beating vincent cabrito who finished just seconds back now this race was quite historic for the obvious reason kimchogue didn't win but we have to give credit where credit is due despite who clearly didn't have his day kipchoge Still finished this race and maintained his form through the closing stages finishing in two hours, nine minutes and 23 seconds, a sixth place finish in the Boston Marathon after running 30 kilometers, Kipchuga's pace slowed from 4 minutes 50 seconds to around 5 minutes 15 seconds in the closing stages and unfortunately it seemed like his slowest part was in the last few kilometers as he finished this final stage in around 5 minutes 40 seconds per mile. performance for this Marathon Legend now there were a few different theories as to what exactly happened to L.A kipshoge on this day but the main theory was that he actually skipped a water check point and when you miss a water station like this you can have dire consequences like he needs a lot of nutrition in a 26.2 mile race now there's no way to concretely say that's why he didn't finish in the first place but I'm sure it had a negative effect on him but either way kipchoge is still kepchoge and he certainly ran well in this race, the 2023 Boston Marathon certainly brought all the drama from a lightning 10k opening to a much slower pace going up the hills and then once again a very fast finish to the eventual winner Evans chibet this race remains one of the most unpredictable and difficult races in the world and on that day, despite his best effort, Kipchoge finished in sixth place in two hours and nine minutes.
This race certainly brought all the drama and kudos to Evans Chabet for his successful Boston Marathon defense. thanks for watching everyone and as always until the next foreigner
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