Eliud Kipchoge Biography
|Eliud Kipchoge was born on 5th November 1984 in Kapsisiywa, Nandi District. He is a Kenyan long-distance runner, the 2016 Olympic marathon gold medallist, and current world record marathon holder. He is termed as “the greatest marathoner of the modern era.” He has won 10 out of 11 marathons he raced – in his second marathon in 2013 when Wilson Kipsang ran the then world record, registering the second position.|
|Eliud Kipchoge Personal information|
|Eliud Kipchoge Born||5th November 1984Kapsisiywa, Nandi District|
|Eliud Kipchoge Age||33 Years old as of 2018|
|Eliud Kipchoge Wife||Grace Sugutt|
|Eliud Kipchoge Children||3 Children|
|Height||166 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||56 kg (123 lb)|
|Coached by||Patrick Sang|
Eliud Kipchoge Career
Eliud Kipchoge came to prominence in 2003 by winning the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, setting a world junior record over 5000 metres on the track and then becoming world champion at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics. An Olympic 5000 m bronze for Kenya followed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and he took another bronze at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
He won a series of silver medals, starting at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics before another runner-up placing at the 2008 Summer Olympics. At the 2009 World Championships, he finished fifth but again reached the podium at the 2010 Commonwealth Games; coming in second behind Moses Kipsiro in the 5000 metres. He has won four medals at editions of the annual IAAF World Athletics Final and is a five-time 5000 m finalist at the World Championships.
His 3000 metres best of 7:27.66 ranks him as the 12th-fastest at the distance ever and his 5000 m best of 12:46.53 makes him the fourth-fastest ever in the event. Eliud began to move towards Marathon running in 2012 and set a half marathon best of 59:25 minutes — which is the third-fastest debut half marathon in history. He made his Marathon debut at the Hamburg Marathon in 2013 setting a new course record of 2:05:30. He improved on this later that year, at the Berlin Marathon, running 2:04:05, the fifth-fastest marathon in history at the time. He won the London Marathon in 2015, 2016 and 2018. He also won the Berlin Marathon in 2015 in 2:04:00, improving his personal best by 5 seconds despite the insoles of his shoes coming loose early in the race. In 2016, he improved on this personal best again, achieving a winning time of 2:03:05 (second-fastest time ever at the time on a record-eligible course and setting a new course record) at the London Marathon, followed by a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics with a time of 2:08:44.
On 6 May 2017, as part of the Nike Breaking2 project, he ran a marathon distance in 2:00:25 at the Monza racetrack, Italy. His time marks the fastest marathon ever run but is not an official world record due to the circumstances in which it occurred.
Eliud Kipchoge London Marathon 2018
Kipchoge won the 2018 London Marathon against competitors including Mo Farah (4 time Olympic gold medalist) finished third 2:06:32 hours in his second marathon, Kenenisa Bekele (3 time Olympic gold medalist) and defending champion Daniel Wanjiru
Eliud Kipchoge Breaks World Marathon record in Berlin 2018
On 16 September 2018, he set out to obtain the official world record for the marathon and ensure he would be the world best marathon runner and did so by breaking the previous, held by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto, record by 1 minute 18 seconds in a time of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon.
Eliud Kipchoge has jokes.
"I've run 2:00. I have run 2:01. The next is actually to run 2:02 so I have 2:00, 2:01, 2:02, 2:03, 2:04 and 2:05." pic.twitter.com/2WA0thsFSz
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) September 16, 2018
“It was hard,” said Kipchoge. “I ran my race; I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach. That’s what pushed me in the last kilometers.”
The previous records are also held by Kenyans, Patrick Makau ( 2:03:38) in 2011, Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23) in 2013 and Dennis Kimettto (2:02:57) in 2014.
Eliud Kipchoge Family
Eliud Kipchoge is married to his wife, Grace Sugutt. The couple is blessed with 3 children, the names of their children are not in the public domain.