Kenya’s Eliud Chipkoge recently won the 2019 London Marathon, in the process establishing a new personal best time for the race and breaking his own previous record set in 2016 by a remarkable 28 seconds. This brings his wins tally for this unique race to four, after completing his triumphant run in just 02:02:38.
The 34 year-old runner’s winning time became the second fastest ever recorded for the marathon. It also remains 59 seconds outside of his own personal best of 2:01:39. A time he set in September 2018, Berlin, Germany which captured him the title as the world’s fastest marathon runner and makes him the current holder of the World Record for the Marathon.
In today’s world of highly competitive professional sports where unusually gifted, highly focused athletes remain under the constant care of a team of equally gifted sports scientists and trainers, one can easily become slightly blasé about the significance attached to the breaking of yet another world record, which perhaps may raise the bar by some miniscule margin.
However, even when surrounded by the exclusivity of athletes dwelling in this rarified atmosphere Eliud Kipchoge’s achievements stand head and shoulders above that of his athletic peers. The singular reason for this is not only found in his insatiable capacity for winning races that sees his win tally rolling on in a seemingly unstoppable fashion, having won 11 of the last 12 major international races he entered. He last missed out on racking up a race win in the 2013 Berlin Marathon in Germany.
The principal reason sports fundis consider Eliud unique, is the absolutely astounding margin by which he raised and keeps on raising the bar. In the 2018 Berlin Marathon last year, he totally pulverised the previous record by a full minute and eighteen seconds, it became the single largest improvement in marathon running in over 50 years. This instantly elevated the humble, but determined and dedicated, athlete to enjoy sports-star levels of fame and stardom.
Monday morning, the day after his amazing accomplishment global media headlines proclaimed him “Fastest man in the world” and “long-distance Usain Bolt”. Despite previously already having established his credentials as a top world-class athlete, people now instantly recognised his face and his name. Regular punters ensured he quickly became the center of attention when they started backing him heavily in droves at online leading sportsbooks such as Unibet, a leader in the world of sports betting.
After the start of the 2019 London race, Kipchoge’s intentions soon confirmed earlier rumours, guestimates, and projections about his potential race performance when he finished the first kilometre having set a record pace. Then clocking a 10km time identical to that set during his Berlin world record race and storming through the halfway mark at 01:01:37.
Even more remarkable, and in great contrast to the wealth and flamboyance of the lifestyles lived by latter-day professional athletes, is the uncomplicated humbleness of his self chosen training regime set in a simplistic rural lifestyle.
Equally impressive when speaking freely, is the man’s steely determination that quickly shines through, while the man’s utter honesty and humbleness remains. He seemingly lives by just two main mottos, one he wears on a bracelet always visible on his wrist, it reads; “No human is limited” and the other “If you want to be great, never lie to yourself”.
He also does not just say he believes the impossible is possible. Since he believes the marathon can be run in under two hours, he’s come oh so close to proving it. Last year while part of a Nike initiative aimed at achieving just that, he managed to run an accurately timed, but unofficial marathon of 2:00:25, which left him just 25 seconds short of the impossible sub-two-hour marathon.
The Tide News Cheltenham Festival Guide
The Cheltenham Festival is almost upon us. It’s the annual horse racing pilgrimage where tens of thousands of punters gamble millions at National Hunt racing’s ‘Holy Grail’.
Over the course of four days the bookmakers and punters will compete in what has become a ‘them vs us’ battle, namely the cream of the Irish horse racing crop in a heads-up battle with the home defence.
Of course there is a dark cloud looming over Cheltenham 2020 with the very real threat of the Festival being cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus. Back in 2001 the Festival was cancelled due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease and bookmakers are already speculating on this year’s event going ahead. Right now it is considered around 9/4 (approximately 30 percent chance) on the Betfair betting exchange that Cheltenham will be cancelled this year.
Let’s presume things proceed as planned, just how is the best way to experience the buzz of the Festival in 2020? For starters if the prospect of winning big for limited outlay excites you, you can enjoy Cheltenham free bets at freebets.co.uk which means you are guaranteed a lot of fun for nothing. But where will the big winners come from? This is how we see it:
Paisley Park won last year’s Stayers Hurdle and has done nothing wrong this term. Seeking to join a long list of back-to-back winners this winner of his last seven starts looks the banker bet of the 2020 Festival and the one to stick into your doubles and treble bets.
At 6/1 Abacadabras is an each-way price because you will more than get your stakes back if he makes the frame but fails to win.
Owned by Michael O’Leary who runs Ryanair, Abacadabras has only been beaten once in his last four starts and in taking the Paddy Power Future Champions Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown looks capable of huge run in the Supreme Novice Hurdle, the opening race on the opening day of the Festival.
Big Race Winner
This year’s showpiece Cheltenham Gold Cup looks massively competitive. The home trained Santini is the bookies favourite.
Last year’s Gold Cup winner, Al Boum Photo, is well fancied in the betting odds at 7/2. But it’s the Irish trained Kemboy that makes the most appeal. He may have been slightly disappointing so far this year but he accounted for Al Boum Photo last May at Punchestown and might just be a ‘spring horse’ who shows his best form once the cold wet winter has passed.
Some curiosities about football and bets
Football is one of the most practiced sports all over the world, so much so that when checking the list of the most important teams per league, issued by the International Federation of FootballAssociation(FIFA), there are teams from Europe and the Americas.
In the case of the classification by country teams, the list ranks countries like: Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Uruguay, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Colombia. When an international event takes place or league games are played, the analysis per game begins days before, as well as forecasts and bets.
Well, yes. Football betting has existed practically since the beginning of that sport and has evolved over time, going from being informal to being done online through certified companies.
Today, there are countless teams and leagues, and every day a large number of national and international football games are played on which you can place your bets.
Placing a bet is not a process that can be taken lightly, unless you don’t mind risking a certain amount of money. Many people take it as a hobby, but others see it as an opportunity to make some extra money.
In any case, to place a bet on football, you must follow three key steps: the first one, bet only in competitions you know. For example, if you know about the Spanish League you should place your bets there and not in Copa Libertador games. Before doing so, you should know better the teams that participate, as well as their statistical data.
The second step is to open an account with an online sportsbook. There is a great variety of options, but the important thing is that you check their security, reliability, odds offered, as well as the range of bets they allow.
One of the bookmakers that offers a good welcome bonus, various alternative markets, more odds on football bets, live, direct and special bets as well as high odds, is Bet9ja, a Nigerian bookmaker.
The last step is to get to know the different football betting markets. The most common bets are: 1×2, bet on winner, first goal scorer, as well as live bets, which are made when the game is in progress.
Other types of odds on Bet9ja include: winner (predicting the winner of the tournament), relegation (team that will be relegated to another division), no winner, top 2 to 5, top by club, HH team, top scorer, top scorer of the team, direct betting, tricast, exact group points, winner and top scorer, etc.
Football betting is one of the favorites among users given the breadth of the market it offers. Just choose the bookmaker that offers the best conditions in your bet and apply the right strategies to get it right.
Who Is Nigeria’s Best Soccer Player of the Decade?
2020 marks the end of what many soccer fans would call the golden age of Nigerian football. Austin Okocha, KanuNwankwo, Daniel Amokachi, Finidi George, and Taribo West were some of the players that highlighted this golden generation while excelling their talents. As such, the legacy of that decade will be long remembered in club careers and national team moments.
While the 2010s led to the emergence of a new football era, the likes of Obafemi Martins, Mikel Obi, and OsazeOdemwingie were already established before the beginning of the decade. However, other players emerged as the decade wore on, leaving indelible marks on the game. We’ve deiced to close the decade with a shortlist of a few best players in different positions on the field over the last decade.
Among these players we can find those who made the secade for the ones who bet on soccer online at one point or the other, we’ve selected them based on impact on their clubs and national teams, titles won and consistency.
Goalkeeper- Vincent Enyeama
Considered as one of the greatest goalkeepers in Africa, Enyeama is undoubtedly the Nigerian goalkeeper of the decade. Enyeamastarted the decade with a league win while with the Israeli side, Hapoel Tel Aviv, before moving to Lille.
After moving to France, Vincent didn’t have a great start, but he soon sprung back to the first-choice goalkeeper after moving back to Israel on load during the 2012/2013 season. The following season, he recorded 11 straight clean sheets for his League 11 games, almost breaking the league record.
Right Back – Efe Ambrose
For the better part of the decade, Ambrose has been the most consistent player in Nigerian football. While he also played the central defender position, he was the ultimate Super Eagles right-back for several years. The defender moved to Scotland in 2012, winning five league titles consecutively.
While playing for Celtic, he took four consecutive league titles, playing over 20 games in every season. The defender was also key to the Super Eagles win of their only trophy of the decade, playing six out of their seven AFCON 2013 games.
Defensive Midfield – Wilfred Ndidi
Since moving to Leicester in January last year, Wilfred Ndidi has increased his strength significantly to become one of the best Premier League midfielders. While with the foxes, Ndidi had an impressive consistency, and he improved significantly to become a world-class Nigerian Player. Ndidi has also been a reliable player for the Super Eagles during the last three years, with the 2019 AFCON under his belt.
Best Overall – John Mikel Obi
While playing at the highest level in European Soccer, Mikel Obi is arguably the most consistent Nigerian player of the decade. Mikel had won every trophy in his club career, succeeding effortlessly at Chelsea in a time when Nigerian football wasn’t enough for the international audience. Even better, Obi played an important role in helping the Blues win the FA Cup, Europa League, Premier League and Champions League.
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