Eliud Kipchoge is probably going to go down as the greatest marathon runner in human history! What? Is that last statement hyperbole? No its not!
He clocked 2 hours 1 minute and 40 seconds (2:1:40) to smash the World Record that was previously held by Kenyan Dennis Kimeto with a record time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds (2:2:57) that was set in 2014.
The man has become a cult figure because of his legendary feat of becoming the most dominant marathoner ever.
But who is this remarkable man?
Below are some amazing things about him:
He used to jog to school everyday
He honed his skills as a young boy, running to get to school and back. And he did it not because he loved to run but because he had no other form of transport.
He is the youngest of four children
Kipchoge grew up in Kapsisiywa, a small village in Nandi County. His mother worked as a teacher. His father died when he was very young.
He sold milk to support his family
After finishing school as a teenager, the industrious Kipchoge helped support his family by collecting milk from neighbors and selling it at a market.
The man has 3 kids with his wife
He is married to Grace Suggut and has 3 kids with her. When not at home, he is at a training camp 8,000 meters above sea level.
He wakes up at 5am
He is a very disciplined man. He wakes up every day at this hour and trains.
His role model is his coach Patrick Sang
Kipchoge met Sang, an Olympic silver medal holder in 2001, when he was 16. Sang told the New York Times:
There was this kid who would come and ask me for a training program,” So every two weeks, I would give him a program to follow, and this went on for months.
Another remarkable aspect of this situation is that Kipchoge’s mother was once Sang’s kindergarten teacher. Kipchoge had high praise fro the man saying:
If I hadn’t met him, my life would be different.
The man has 15 notebooks
He uses a notebook for each year he has been in the sport, noting every work out that he has.
He does not go overboard when training
Kipchoge said that he reserves his best for the marathon he participates in.
He has won nine of the 10 marathons he has entered
Which means he has a 90% success rate. And not only that, he has not lost for 8 consecutive races!
He is the reigning Olympic champion
Kipchoge won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games by finishing the race in in two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.
He is has never been caught doping
Olympic medalist Asbel Kiprop was found to have tainted blood samples but Kipchoge has been clean all his career.
He once ran a marathon with a malfunction shoe but still won the race
Kipchoge ran the vast majority of the 2015 Berlin marathon with his insoles hanging loose from his shoes, a footwear malfunction that caused considerable pain and distraction through the latter part of the race.
And the shocking things is that he still set a personal best.
He smiles whenever pain sets it
When he is running and starts feeling the strain he smiles.
He is a very smart man
Some might even call him a philosopher. Some of his best quotes are:
It’s not about the legs; it’s about the heart and the mind.
The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago. The second-best time to plant a tree is today.
He is an Avid reader
One of his favorites books is “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey. He also reads widely from philosophers like Aristotle.