Kipchoge shattered his own world record on Sunday (25 September 2022), with a time of 2:01:09 to win the Berlin marathon. The Kenyan superstar became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours in the city of Vienna, Austria in a remarkable time of 1:59:40:2 and his time in this marathon is 30 seconds faster than his previous record of 2:01:39, set in Berlin in 2018.
Kipchoge’s stunning performance in Berlin cements his reputation as the greatest marathon runner of all time. Born on 5th November 1984 in Kapsisiywa, Nandi County in Kenya, the 37-year-old has now won 10 of the 11 marathons he has entered, including the last four majors – the London, Berlin and Tokyo marathons. He is also the only person to have won an Olympic gold medal and the World Marathon Majors series.
Kipchoge’s time in Berlin was made all the more impressive by the fact that he ran the last 10km solo, after his pacemakers had dropped out. He still managed to maintain an incredible pace of 2:50 per kilometer, and even found the energy to sprint the last 100m to the finish line.
Over the period decade he has completely transcended the sport of long distance running with remarkable exploits including his double gold metal in the marathon.
Olympic Gold 2016 – 2:08:44
Olympic Gold 2021 – 2:08:38
His only losses in a marathon were a second place finish behind Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.
Its honestly shocking to realise how long Kipchoge has been on the top of the long distance running game winning the first major championship all the way back in 2003 as a junior.
The Kenyan’s achievement is a truly remarkable feat of human endurance and athleticism, and is sure to inspire a new generation of runners. There is no doubt that Kipchoge is the greatest marathoner of all time, and his place in history is now secure.
Eliud Kipchoge had a few days ago said he would love to run a race with former US President Barrack Obama.