Miguna Miguna advises Eliud Kipchoge to Retire

Image: Suspended Prime Minister's Advisor on Coalition Affairs Mr Miguna Miguna on December 31, 2011 addressing a news conference at Nairobi where he declined that the had been reinstated into service. PhotoWilliam OeriNation Media Group

Lawyer Miguna Miguna has urged World Marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge to retire from active athletics while he is still at the top of his career.

Miguna made the remarks in a post on Twitter while congratulating Kipchoge for his win at the Berlin marathon on Sunday.

“Congratulations, Eliud Kipchoge. You have made history. Now, retire when you are on top! Viva!,” Miguna said.

Miguna said a good example of an athlete who retired at the right time was Jamaican Sprinter Usain Bolt who exited the stage in 2017. Bolt was considered the greatest sprinter of all time.

“It’s imperative that human beings appreciate that no matter how gifted one is, his/her energy, skills and performance depreciate with time. The way Usain Bolt did,” Miguna said.

He said an example of an athlete who failed to retire at the right time is golf champion Tiger Woods. Miguna said no one has ever dominated the golf course and sports better than Woods in recent history.

“But he did not know when to retire from competitive professional sports. Nowadays, Tiger Woods has become a spectacle of pity- and those with no memory no longer remember how great he was on the golf courses of the world,” Miguna said.

Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon for the fifth time on Sunday, clocking 2:02:42. He is the current holder of the marathon world record, which he set with a finish time of 2:01:09.

Ahead of the race, Kipchoge stated that his main goal is to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals and that he believes running in Berlin is the best way to prepare for this.

Miguna’s advice to Kipchoge to retire while he is on top is understandable. Kipchoge is one of the greatest marathon runners of all time, and there is a risk that his performances will decline as he gets older. However, the decision of when to retire is ultimately up to Kipchoge himself.

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