Fact-file on Eliud Kipchoge who has made history in Vienna by running the first-ever sub two-hour marathon in 1:59:40.
Name: Eliud Kipchoge
Date of Birth: November 5, 1984
Place of Birth: Kapsisiywa, Nandi County,
Coach: Patrick Sang
Manager: Jos Hermens (Global Sports Communication)
Family: Last born of five children. Married to Grace Sugutt and father to three children.
Kipchoge graduated from Kaptel Secondary School in 1999 but did not run seriously then. He ran two miles to school on a daily basis. He was raised by a single mother (a teacher), and only knew his father from pictures.
He met his trainer Sang (a former Olympic medalist in the steeplechase) in 2001 at the age of 16.
- 2013 1st Hamburg Marathon
- 2013 2nd Berlin Marathon
- 2014 1st Rotterdam Marathon
- 2014 1st Chicago Marathon
- 2015 1st London Marathon
- 2015 1st Berlin Marathon
- 2016 1st London Marathon
- 2016 1st Rio Olympics
- 2017 Breaking2 (2:00:25) Monza, Italy
- 2017 1st Berlin Marathon
- 2018 1st London Marathon
- 2018 1st Berlin Marathon
- 2019 1st London Marathon
- 2019 INEOS 1:59 Vienna
Back in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has lauded Eliud Kipchoge for making history as the first man to run a marathon in under two hours.
On Saturday, the Head of State said Kipchoge has made Kenya proud and set a precedence for future generations.
“Hearty congratulations Eliud. You’ve done it my brother, you’ve made history and made Kenya super proud while at it. Your win today, against all odds, will inspire tens of future generations to dream big and to aspire for greatness. We celebrate you and wish you God’s blessings.” President Kenyatta said.
On Friday, President Kenyatta had called the athlete on phone to wish him success during the INEOS 1:59 challenge.
“ I am feeling confident, you are in our prayers… we are praying for you that you will be successful but for us it is not the success it is the effort that you put in….. Remember you have 46 million of us behind you. Nitakupigia ukimaliza,” said President Kenyatta during the phone call.
Deputy President William Ruto, who travelled to Vienna for the historic fete, also congratulated Kipchoge on Saturday.
“Your supreme tempo, fatigue-resistance, endurance, compulsion, mental strength, resolve, and tenacity are a manifestation there are no limits when you believe in yourself; undoubtedly the landmark triumph cements Kenya’s position in the globe as an athletics powerhouse,” wrote DP Ruto.
Kipchoge ran a staggering 1:59:40, shattering the mythical sub-two marathon barrier as he completed the INEOS Challenge in majestic fashion on the streets of Vienna.
Two years ago, the world marathon record holder missed the mark by 26 seconds.
However, Saturday’s fete proved his immortality at the Austrian capital.
Kipchoge’s mantra in the build up to the race has been to prove ‘No Human is Limited’.
He is undoubtedly the greatest marathon runner of all time and his latest feat has made him the G.O.A.T