Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge has remarked on his performance at the 2023 Boston Marathon, where he finished in sixth place.
Kipchoge described the day as "tough" in a statement released Monday night, barely hours after the race, adding he pushed himself as "hard as I could."
Evans Chebet of Kenya, the defending champion, won the race in 2:05:54. Kipchoge, the world record holder, lost steam near the halfway point.
He was unquestionably one of the most popular attendees at the World Marathon Major.
"I live for the moments where I get to challenge the limits. It’s never guaranteed, it’s never easy. Today was a tough day for me. I pushed myself as hard as I could but sometimes, we must accept that today wasn’t the day to push the barrier to a greater height," he said.
"I want to congratulate my competitors and thank everyone in Boston and from home for the incredible support I am so humbled to receive. In sports you win and you lose and there is always tomorrow to set a new challenge. Excited for what’s ahead," Kipchoge added.
Tanzania's Gabriel Geay finished 10 seconds behind Chebet while Benson Kipruto- another Kenyan and 2021 champion, took third spot in 2:06:06.
On the other hand, Kenya's Hellen Obiri won the women's race in 2:21:38.
The cash prize of the winner for both men and women is set at $150,000 which is equivalent to Sh20 million.
For the Silver medalist, which is the second position, the holders will take up to $75,000 equating to Sh10 million.
For the Bronze, also referred to as the second runner-up, the holders will bag $40,000 which is equivalent to Sh5.2 million.
For the fourth position, the men and women will grab Sh3.3 million while the fifth will get Sh2.4 million.