Eliud Kipchoge is the man of the hour in the world’s history. Some people on Twitter are calling him the Greatest of All Time. Even better than Messi. Wow. But who is this man that everyone is talking about? These are the top things you need to know about Eliud Kipchoge.
10. Height and Weight
Eliud Kipchoge is 5 Feet 6 inches long and weighs 57 kg. That’s the kind of fitness an athlete needs if he is to be competitive. Speaking of weight, how much do you weigh?
9. An avid reader
Did you know that he loves reading? His literary tastes range from Aristotle to sports biographies to self-help manuals. It has been reported that The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey, is one of his favorites.
8. His Early Life
Eliud Kipchoge was born on 5th November 1984 in Kapsisiyiwa, Nandi District. He is the youngest of the four siblings in a family raised by a single mother. His mother worked as a teacher and Eliud knew about his father from pictures.
He completed his secondary education in 1999 from Kaptel Secondary School but wasn’t actively involved in athletics at that time. In 2001, he met his trainer, Patrick Sang, at the age of 16 years. It is from this point that Eliud’s career took off.
7. Initial International Competitions
Eliud’s first known victory was at the Kenyan trials for the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships junior race. He finished fifth in the individual race of the World Cross Country Championships held in Dublin. Nevertheless, he was still part of the Kenyan junior team that won gold. He then went on to win the 2003 IAAF World Cross Country Championships junior race.
6. A Marathon King
Time to spit out some crazy facts about his career. As of the day of writing this, Eliud has competed in 12 marathons. He was won 11 of them. On six occasions, he has either set the world record or the course record. What about that one time he didn’t win? The 2013 Berlin Marathon saw him come second losing to Wilson Kipsang. Another Kenyan.
5. Performance at the Olympics
In 2004, Kipchoge won a bronze medal at the 5000m final at the Athens Olympics. He then went on to win a silver medal in the same event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Despite him finishing second, he broke the record time of 13:05:59 with his own 13:02:80.
Eliud eventually won an Olympic gold medal on the final day of the Rio Olympics in 2016. That win meant that he was the second Kenyan male, after the late Sammy Wanjiru, to win an Olympic marathon gold medal.
4. Career Awards
Eliud has been awarded the Best Marathon Runner Award for three consecutive years by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) from 2015 to 2017. He has also won the United Nations Kenya Person of the Year and IAAF Male athlete of the year award; both of which he won in 2018.
3. Best Marathon Record
Eliud Kipchoge made history today (12th October 2019) as he is the first and only marathon runner to complete a full marathon (42 km) under two hours in his INEOS challenge. The challenge was held at Prater Park in Vienna, Austria.
Just to make it clear, Kipchoge was running at a pace of two minutes and 50 seconds per kilometer. That means he was able to finish in a record time of 1:59:40. He did what others thought was impossible.
2. 1:59 Everywhere
To show Eliud support during this historic moment, Kenyans decided to get creative. It all began with Safaricom offering 1590 MB of free YouTube data to its users so that they could watch the live stream.
Local breweries went ahead and offered their drinks at a price of Ksh 159 in support of the marathon runner. There were crazy rumors about Eldoret sex workers offering services for free if Eliud won. If that is true, I guess I’ll make plans to visit the place.
1. Vienna Marathon win prizes
Being the first human being to finish a full marathon under two hours isn’t the only thing Eliud Kipchoge will be happy about. He is also getting a lot of money in his pocket. Like, a lot of money.
INEOS will allegedly award him with $4 million dollars for breaking the record. Manu Chandaria through his foundation pledged $100,000 to repair roofs of schools that will be chosen by Eliud. Isuzu East Africa is set to award him a brand new pickup, the County Pension Fund (CPF), offered KSh 1.5 million towards his retirement savings and Uasin Gishu County is set to name a street after him.
One race challenge has made him a legend and a wealthy man. Indeed, no one is limited.