Covid-19: Eliud Kipchoge receives vaccine ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Jacob Moreton
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Photo credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos - Getty Images

Eliud Kipchoge has received a Covid-19 vaccine in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

The world marathon record holder reportedly got the vaccine at Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital alongside his Olympic marathon teammates on Monday, April 26, Kenyan media reports.

Kipchoge reportedly said, ‘My preparations for the Olympic Games are going on well and one of the preparations is to get a jab. We never know what will happen in the future, the vaccine might be a prerequisite going forward so it is good to take the vaccine early enough,’ he added.

He had recently returned to Kenya after winning the NN Mission Marathon in the Netherlands just over a week ago.

‘I am back in Kenya after a great race in the Netherlands,’ he tweeted on Monday. ‘Now it’s time for recovery work before we start training again.’

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Following the race he tweeted that he was ‘really happy with today’s race, it was a good test before Tokyo.‘ ‘The race was perfect, we were running as one again,’ he added.

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Prior to the race, Kipchoge had spoken to Runner’s World about the impact of the pandemic on his training.

‘The pandemic hit us very hard. I had to go home and stay within the compound, stay inside the houses with the family and the kids to help us not stress the virus. It was really hard to go to training as highly as possible and not to mix with people. I am happy that we resumed the training with the team.

‘All in all, life has been hard, but that’s how it all is. We need to go through it and have hope. I think I’ve done a very good transition towards a bright future.’

As his training ramps up, Kipchoge’s next marathon will be the Olympic competition on August 8 in Sapporo, Japan.

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