Kipchoge Inspires PSG to Win Over Lille

Eliud Kipchoge posses for a photo with Kylian Mbappe’
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World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge was the highlight of the night as he watched a French Ligue 1 match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lille on Friday night at the Parc de Princes.

The former champions who lost the title to Lille last season fought tooth and nail to win 2-1 with a delighted Kipchoge in the VIP box.

Before the match, the 36 year-old was presented with a PSG shirt, Nike hypervenom soccer boots and other mementos by French superstar Kylian Mbappè.

Lille who are currently 11th on the table struck first as the Parisian struggled in the first half through Jonathan David.

 Brazilians Marquinos and Neymar scored for Mauricio Pochettino's side to extend their lead at the top of the table to ten points ahead of Lens.

It was the third time in four home league games that PSG have come from behind to score a late winning goal, and here it came against a Lille side who are in mid-table after a poor start to their title defence.

Fresh from earning his third title at the London Marathon in 2018, Kipchoge took a bit of his recovery time to drop down to Hotspur Way, home to Tottenham Hotspur to pay a visit to former Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama.

At the Tokyo Games, he became only the third man in Olympic history to capture back-to-back marathon titles.

The 36 year old now wants to push his limits to test how far he can run after his unrivalled successes over 42.195km.

“After leaving the marathon I want to run the ultramarathons, just to feel how it is to run over for four or five days…or even running once for 70km,” he he told The Training For Ultra Podcast.