Eliud Kipchoge made History by running a Marathon under 2 Hours

In Vіеnnа, thе Kеnуаn асhіеvеd a mіlеѕtоnе once believed to be unattainable. But hіѕ tіmе, 1:59:40, wіll nоt bе rесоgnіzеd аѕ a wоrld record.

Eliud Kipchoge‘s success in breaking thе two-hour mаrk (final time: 1:59:40) fоr thе marathon оn Sаturdау wаѕ еxресtеd. He hаd соmе сlоѕе bеfоrе, and lіkе Alеx Hоnnоld‘ѕ unрrесеdеntеd сlіmb оf El Capitan dосumеntеd іn thе fіlm Frее Solo, thе fеаt required mеtісulоuѕ planning thе іdеаl mіx of расе-ѕеttеrѕ, course соndіtіоnѕ and wеаthеr tо steer a once-in-a-lifetime tаlеnt tо a оnсе-іn-а-lіfеtіmе ассоmрlіѕhmеnt.

It wаѕ history in the mаkіng frоm thе bеgіnnіng аѕ Kipchoge аnd hіѕ расk of еlіtе runnеrѕ rаn thе perfect race іn thе реrfесt setting, сhееrеd оn thrоughоut іn аn еlесtrіс аtmоѕрhеrе.

Kірсhоgе ѕеt thе marathon wоrld rесоrd оf 2:01:39 іn Bеrlіn in Sерtеmbеr 2018 but ѕаіd рrеvіоuѕlу, “Runnіng Bеrlіn and runnіng Vіеnnа аrе twо different thіngѕ, Bеrlіn is runnіng and рrерріng a wоrld rесоrd, Vienna іѕ runnіng and mаkіng hіѕtоrу in this world, like thе first mаn tо go tо thе mооn.”

Thе ѕtrаіght, flat соurѕе thrоugh the Prаtеr Park was mаnісurеd dоwn tо thе lаѕt Cоnkеr being сlеаrеd frоm the street аhеаd of thе mаrаthоn сhаllеngе. Kірсhоgе ѕmіlеd thrоugh thе hurt аnd won his rасе against tіmе.

In bесоmіng thе fіrѕt реrѕоn to соvеr thе marathon distance іn lеѕѕ than twо hours, Kірсhоgе, 34, асhіеvеd a ѕроrtѕ mіlеѕtоnе grаntеd almost mythical ѕtаtuѕ іn the runnіng world, brеаkіng through a tеmроrаl barrier thаt many wоuld hаvе dееmеd untоuсhаblе оnlу a fеw уеаrѕ ago.

Kірсhоgе, аn еіght-tіmе major mаrаthоn wіnnеr аnd thrее-tіmе Olуmріс mеdаlіѕt, роundеd his chest twісе as he сrоѕѕеd the fіnіѕh lіnе іn Vіеnnа’ѕ lеаfу Prаtеr Pаrk, where thе mаjоrіtу of thе run hаd unfolded оn a lоng ѕtrаіghtаwау оf recently раvеd road, with roundabouts оn either end.

Whеn he was аѕkеd аbоut how muсh mоnеу he’s ѕеt tо win if hе achieves a sub-2-hour marathon, Kірсhоgе answered:

“I am runnіng tо make hіѕtоrу; I аm runnіng tо ѕhоw nо humаn is lіmіtеd fоr a whole gеnеrаtіоn оn thіѕ wоrld аnd expect to go оut tо оvеr thrее bіllіоn people on Sаturdау.”

“It’s not аbоut mоnеу,” he соntіnuеd, “іt’ѕ аbоut running and mаkіng hіѕtоrу аnd changing lives of thе реорlе thrоugh thеіr thіnkіng.”

Kірсhоgе brought thе biggest lаugh оf thе рrеѕѕ соnfеrеnсе bу аddіng:

“But іf you have a рrісе уоu саn give mе!”

Running аt аn аvеrаgе расе оf 2:50 mіnutеѕ реr kilometer (4:33.5 mіnutеѕ реr mile), Kірсhоgе was 11 ѕесоndѕ ahead оf schedule halfway through hіѕ run. He thеn mаіntаіnеd hіѕ tempo untіl thе pacemakers lеft hіm fоr thе fіnаl 500 mеtеrѕ, where hе sped uр.

“I wаѕ rеаllу саlm, I wаѕ juѕt trуіng tо mаіntаіn thе pace,” ѕаіd Kірсhоgе, аddіng hе was never іn dоubt аbоut breaking thе barrier. “For me іt wаѕ nоt 50-50, іt was 90 реrсеnt.”

Jіm Rаtсlіffе, fоundеr оf the chemicals соmраnу bасkіng the attempt, exchanged hіgh-fіvеѕ with Kірсhоgе after thе finish.

“Hе еvеn ассеlеrаtеd іn the fіnаl kilometer, hе іѕ a ѕuреrhumаn,” Ratcliffe ѕаіd. “I саn’t bеlіеvе he’s dоnе іt. Hе did thе fіrѕt hаlf іn less thаn аn hоur аnd thеn hе’ѕ juѕt done that again.” Orgаnіzеrѕ ѕаіd normal anti-doping regulations wеrе іn рlасе аnd thаt Kірсhоgе аnd all thе расеmаkеrѕ wеrе bеіng tеѕtеd іn аnd оut оf соmреtіtіоn by thе Athlеtісѕ Intеgrіtу Unіt (AIU).

2020 Summer Olympics

The 2020 Olympic Games kick off in less than a year. Tokyo, which happens to be the Japanese capital, will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics after fifty-six years. “Games of the XXXII Olympiad“, the official name for next year’s edition of Olympics, is scheduled to take place from July 24 July to August 9, 2020. This epic event will feature 339 events across 33 sports and 50 disciplines. The main headline is the introduction of 5 new sports to the roasters and also the return of baseball and softball to the Summer Olympics for the first time since 2008.

Now is the best time to follow up on this international multi-sport event.

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Key Dates

Tokyo 2020 Olympics commence from 24th July until 9th August 2020 with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 22 July. Archery and Rowing begin on the day of the opening ceremony with medal rounds the next day while Soccer and Softball get underway before the official opening (July 22).

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Sports

Here is a complete list of the sports and disciplines. Some sports are a singular discipline.

  1. Aquatics: artistic swimming, diving, swimming, water polo
  2. Archery
  3. Athletics
  4. Badminton
  5. Baseball (new): baseball, softball
  6. Basketball: basketball, 3-on-3 basketball
  7. Boxing
  8. Canoeing: slalom, sprint
  9. Sport Climbing (new)
  10. Cycling: BMX freestyle, BMX racing, mountain biking, road cycling, track cycling
  11. Equestrian: dressage, eventing, jumping
  12. Fencing
  13. Field hockey
  14. Football
  15. Golf
  16. Gymnastics: artistic, rhythmic, trampoline
  17. Handball
  18. Judo
  19. Karate (new): kata, kumite
  20. Modern pentathlon
  21. Rowing
  22. Rugby sevens
  23. Sailing
  24. Shooting
  25. Skateboarding (new)
  26. Surfing (new)
  27. Table tennis
  28. Taekwondo
  29. Tennis
  30. Triathlon
  31. Volleyball: volleyball, beach volleyball
  32. Weightlifting
  33. Wrestling: freestyle, Greco-Roman

The interesting news is that there are five new Olympic sports (Baseball, Climbing, Karate, Surfing, and Skateboarding) making debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In all, there will be 33 sports to be competed with about 5,000 medals set to be won. And let’s not forget softball and baseball making a return after a two-game absence (2012 and 2016).

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Venues

In total, Japan will use 43 venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics. 35 of those are already in existence and currently undergoing renovation to make them meet the Olympics standards while 8 new venues are still under construction. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues will be in two main zones: the Heritage Zone (the area of the ‘64 Olympics) and the Tokyo Bay Zone (which will contain 13 venues). The Heritage Zone houses some of the historic venues from the Tokyo 1964 Games and the Tokyo Bay Zone symbolizes the exciting future of the city.

The two zones will overlap to form the shape of the infinity symbol to symbolize the legacy of the games and the link between past, present, and future. Other historic venues such as Nippo Budokan, used for the judo competition in 1964, will once again hold judo and karate events, so much fun.

Volunteers, ambassadors, and security personnel of the Olympics will help to ensure the smooth-running of the event.

History of the Olympic Games

The Olympic Games is a contemporary and leading major sporting event. It features quadrennial summer and winter events where thousands of athletes across different sports compete against each other. The Olympic Games are considered the world’s foremost competitive event because more than 200 nations participate in it. Initially, the event was limited to participants of the amateur status until in the 1980s when it was extended to the professional athletes.

The Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece and gained renaissance in the 19th century. In this post, we will be looking into how the Olympics started and the ancient Olympics.

History of Olympics

The Olympic Games began in the year 776 BC at Mt. Olympos, home of the Greek gods and goddesses. The ancient Olympic Games were part of a religious festival, done every four years in honor of the father of the Greek gods and goddesses, Zeus. The games were held in a rural sanctuary called Olympia. Participants were only male citizens from every part of Greece and nations surrounding Greece.

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In the early days of the competition, it took place in one day. As time went on the game spread to four days and a fifth day where prizes and banquets were given to champions. Scholars have described that the participants competed naked. The main reason behind this reason has not been ascertained.

Some of the games that are featured in the event include wrestling, running, discus throwing, jumping, pankration, equestrian events, etc. According to several texts, it is held that hostilities amongst participating city-states are suspended until after the event. This subduing of hostilities is known as Olympia peace or truce.

Legend and tradition have it that Coroebus, a cook from the city of Elis, was the first Olympic champion. He won the sprint race in 776 BCE. The winners of the event were recognized and honored through immortalization using statues and poems. In the 5th and 6th centuries, the Olympic gained huge recognition. However, its recognition declined after the Romans invaded Greece gaining power and influence, eliminating all pagan cults and practices.

The Olympic Games were revived in the 19th century. The first Olympic Games after revival took place in Athens and witnessed participants from Greece and the Ancient Ottoman Empire. Evangelos Zappas, a wealthy Greek-Romanian philanthropist, sponsored it.

Modern Olympic Games

The Olympic Games since its revival has seen major changes to the present day. The Olympic Games now take place under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, IOC. The first Olympic Games took place in 1896 in Athens under the auspices of the IOC.

The present-day Olympic Games feature the summer games, winter games, and Paralympics all of which take place every four years. Corporate sponsors who sought to associate their brands to the Olympic symbols mainly sponsor the Olympic.

Before the Olympics commence, an opening ceremony takes place. This involves the artistic display of music, dancing, and singing representing the culture of the host nation. This is followed by the entrance of each of the participating nations with the host being the last. After this, the Olympic torch is lit.

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A closing ceremony also takes place but this is after every sporting event has been concluded. The last medal presentation is also a part of the closing ceremony.

History of the Winter Olympics

This history of the Winter Olympics does not tract back to the tradition Greek origins we are so accustomed to when first mentioning “The Olympiad.” The first official Winter Olympic Games were scheduled to be held in 1916 in Germany however World War 1 started in 1914 so the Winter Olympics had to be postponed. It wouldn’t be until 1924 when the war was over that the winter games would begin in the town of Chamonix, Paris. Unofficially, it was designated The Olympic Winter sports week or festival, stopping short of calling it the Winter Olympic Games. The first Winter event was speed skating won by Charles Jewtraw from USA. Ice Hockey and Cross Country skiing were the other events that year. The Canadian team won all five Ice Hockey events While a Norwegian named Thorleif Haug won the Cross Country Skiing events.

Unlike the prizes of the first summer Olympic games, which were olive branches woven into a crown, the first Winter Olympic Games offered precious metals to the victorious. To 1st place would go the gold medal. Next the silver medal for 2nd place. Finally bronze would go to 3rd place

The Summer Olympic Games and the Winter Olympic Games have been scheduled to fall on the same year until in 1986 The IOC (International Olympic Committee) decided that the Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway would be scheduled for 1994 just two years after the Summer Olympics Games in Barcelona, Spain, thus making the Summer and Winter Olympic Games be spread only 2 years apart instead of 4.

The sports played in the Winter Olympic Games are:

Alpine Skiing
Cross-country skiing
Curling (chess on ice)
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Nordic Skiing
Ski Jumping
Speed Skating

History of the Summer Olympics

The history of the Summer Olympics starts with the Greek testament to the human body. It was a time to celebrate the ultimate glory that the gods bestowed upon mankind. The Summer Olympic Games, also historically called the “games of Olympiad” was an international event with a combination of many different sports. The name “Olympiad” defines the four year period of time between one Olympic Games to the next. The summer games are held every four years during the months of August and September. Medals were given in every event for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with Gold being reserved for 1st place, silver for 2nd and Bronze for 3rd.

There is documentation that in 776 BC a man named Coroebus won a sprint race in Olympia. This race was called a “Stade” which is about 200 meters. Instead of a medal the winner received a crown wreath of olive branches. The race involved sprinting back and forth between the two walls of the stadium it was held in. Even though this has been documented many experts believe there could have been competitions of this type for a couple hundred years previous to this. The first Arguably legitimate Summer Olympic games was held in 1896 in Athens, Greece after a French teacher named Baron Pierre de Coubertin spearheaded the idea of making the Summer Olympics an international, permanent event and the rest as they say is history.

Here is a list of the sports played in Summer Olympic Games:

Equestrian (Riding Horses)
Field Hockey
Track And Field
Water Polo
Weight Lifting

History of the Special Olympics

The history of the Special Olympics has its origins with a special and motivated individual. The Special Olympics was started in 1968 by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver through a system of camps for people with intellectual disabilities. By the time the first Special Olympic Summer Games were held in Soldier Field in Chicago on July 19th 1968 over 40 camps for the mentally impaired had been organized. It all started by an oath, “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt”, spoken by Eunice Shriver at the opening ceremonies in Chicago. This oath is still recited today in Special Olympic ceremonies. The vision was to create a sense of pride and achievement for those with mental disabilities through competition worldwide and just like the Olympics, they compete for metals: Gold for 1st place, Silver for 2nd place and Bronze for 3rd place. This history is rich with the story of love and compassion for a people less fortunate.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Passed away on August 11th 2009, however her legacy will live on in history as the special Olympics founder. Feb 5th in 1977 would mark the beginning of the first International Special Olympic Winter Games Hosted by the United States in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. In December of 1971 The US Olympics Committee officially authorized the use of the name “Special Olympics” however it would be 1988 before the IOC(International Olympic Committee) would officially recognize and endorse the Special Olympics as one of its own.

List of Sports played in Special Olympics:

  1. Alpine Skiing
  2. Aquatics
  3. Badminton
  4. Basketball
  5. Bocce
  6. Bowling
  7. Cricket
  8. Cross Country Skiing
  9. Cycling
  10. Equestrian
  11. Figure Skating
  12. Floor Hockey
  13. Gymnastics
  14. Golf
  15. Handball
  16. Judo
  17. Kayaking
  18. Netball
  19. Power lifting
  20. Roller Skating
  21. Sailing
  22. Snowboarding
  23. Snowshoeing
  24. Soccer
  25. Softball
  26. Speed skating
  27. Table Tennis
  28. Tennis
  29. Volleyball

Top Ten Olympic Scandals and Tragedies

In the long history of the Olympic games, there have been many dramatic moments, and not all of them were sports-related. Sometimes, they came as a result of political change and protest.

As well, athletes have taken risks that cost them their medals. Even Olympic administrators are not immune from their moments of scandal.

Here is our look at the Top Ten Olympic Scandals and Tragedies, from the present day, back through history:

10 – International Olympic Committee Bribery Scandal (1999)

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The reputation of the Olympics’ governing body, the IOC, took severe blows as it was revealed that IOC members were taking bribes to secure Utah’s bid for the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Some voting members received large sums of cash in return for their decision to vote in favor of the Utah city. Twelve members of the IOC were dismissed due to evidence that they were taking cash bribes, and many people protested the choice of Utah for the Games’ location. In the end, it was too late to change venues, and the Olympics were held in Salt Lake.

Since this incident, many have cast a jaundiced eye on the activities of the International Olympic Committee, whose corruption was reportedly widespread. Since then, there have been other such scandals, but nothing on this scale. The IOC have tried to restore their integrity and reputation since the Utah scandal.