Eliud Kipchoge: The Marathon Phenomenon

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It is common knowledge that male and female athletes from the Eastern part of Africa have a stronghold on long distance running in athletics championships and games.

This is predicated on the laurels and awards won by the athletes in these track events over the years. 

But, there is one athlete that is taking the supremacy to new heights. He is none other than Eliud Kipchoge.

Eliud Kipchoge, a Kenyan is on record to have won a total of 12 out of the 13 marathons he has participated in and a number of these races were done in record times.

Kipchoge holds the record for the fastest and second fastest marathon time in history. On September 16, 2018, he set a marathon record in Berlin in a time of 2:01:39 followed by another record time of 2:02:37 at the London Marathon in 2019. This means he broke his own record with a time difference of one minute 18 seconds.

These breath-taking performances earned him two Guinness World Records – Fastest marathon distance (male) and First Marathon Distance under two hours.

Kipchoge has often credited his performances to dedication and hard work which has enabled him to break limits and reach unprecedented heights. 

He made a post on his Twitter handle in August reiterating the secret to his success.

In his words, “People often ask me how I manage to have a long and fruitful career. I believe it is because I am surrounded by many great people to train with. I believe success comes by working hard and laughing lots. ”

As part of his remarkable performances, he is now the first human in history to complete a marathon in under two hours. 

Prior to his record breaking marathon performances, he won the Gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Silver medal at 2008 Beijing in 5,000m and a Bronze medal at Athens in 2004.

Kipchoge’s exploits clearly spell out virtues of determination, belief, hard work and resilience which serve as a source of inspiration.

His medal and awards cut across several track and road events in World Championships, Commonwealth Games, Indoor Championship, World Cross Country and Marathon Majors in several European and Asian cities.

Often nicknamed, The Goat, the 5 ft 6 inches Kenyan athlete is also considered the greatest marathoner of the modern era.

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