Eliud Kipchoge: First man to run marathon under two hours in numbers
On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the world came to a standstill to witness history being made.
All eyes were on the world’s greatest marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, 34, who was set to attempt being the first man to ever run a marathon in less than two hours.
The masses’ expectations were fulfilled and Kipchoge, a humble, eloquent and outgoing athlete, lived his moon-landing dream by clocking 1.59.40.02 at in Vienna, Austria, in the INEOS 159, challenge.
This fete put him in history books with other world greats who pushed human barriers, with Kipchoge’s philosophy of “no human is limited” becoming alive.
Saasanews.co.ke breaks down this world beater’s life and achievements in numbers;
At the age of 16, Kipchoge met his coach and mentor Patrick Sang, a former Olympic medalist who has worked with him for over 17 years now.
He is the fourth and last born in his family and was raised by a single mother Janet Rotich, his father having died before he could recognise him.
Kipchoge is married to one wife Grace Sugut and together have three children; Lynne, Griffin and Gordon.
He has won 11 out of 12 marathons he has run and in 2017, he attempted to run a sub-two-hour marathon in the Breaking2 Project in Monza and clocked 2:00:25, only 26 seconds short of his quest.
The most successful marathoner has 3 Olympic medals having won gold in men’s marathon at the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro, Silver in men’s 5000m in Beijing Olympics and Bronze in the 2004, Athens Olympics.
He boasts of two World Athletics Championship medals – In Paris he won gold in men’s 5000m in 2007 and silver in the same race during the Championships in Osaka, Japan.
He busted into the scene in 2003 by winning a gold medal in cross country at the World Junior competition in Lausanne.
Kipchoge also has a bronze medal from the World Indoors over 3000m which he won in 2006 in Moscow and one gold at Commonwealth Games in 5000m achieved in New Delhi.
The eloquent, wise and humble athlete whose philosophy is “No man is Limited”, boasts of eight World Marathon Majors win.
He has four London Marathon titles, Three Berlin Marathon wins and one Chicago Marathon title.
Kipchoge, after the race, said he is not yet done and would not be leaving the sporting arena soon.
He holds the current Marathon World Record time of 2.01.39 which he achieved in the Berlin Marathon race on Sunday, September 16, 2018 after breaking Dennis Kimetto’s 2.02.57 record by 78 seconds.
The 34-year-old weighs 57kgs and has a height of 167 centimetres.
During the INEOS 159 race, Kipchoge had a team of 41 pacemakers, some of who helped him keep the unimaginable pace of less slightly less than 21kph.