How Eliud Kipchoge Ran a Sub 2 Hour Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge: he may soon run a marathon in less than 2 hours

At the end of April, the 39th London Marathon took place, which has already been won four times by the record holder Eliud Kipchoge. This time, his result - 2 hours 2 minutes and 37 seconds - became the second best in the history of marathons among men, but the first also belongs to him. Kipchoge installed it at the Berlin Marathon last year. What else do we know about the leader among runners? Collected the most interesting facts.

Physical parameters

Height: 1.67 m
Weight: 52 kg

Personal Bests

  • Run 1500 meters - 3 minutes 33 seconds.
  • Run 1 mile - 3 minutes 50 seconds.
  • Memorial Van Damme running 3000 meters - 7 minutes 27 seconds.
  • Run 5000 meters, Golden Gala - 12 minutes 46 seconds.
  • Running 10,000 meters, 2007 - 26 minutes 49 seconds.
  • Half Marathon - 59 minutes 25 seconds.
  • Marathon Breaking2 - 2 hours 25 seconds.

Eliud Kipchoge ran one of the marathons in 2 hours 25 seconds, but the record was not counted, as it was held as part of a Nike advertising campaign, which is described below.

Being late builds speed

As a child, Eliud often had to run to school to get to class. Then he did not even suspect that he was honing his skills. They say that Kipchoga inherited good physical shape by nature. The rest is thanks to the willpower and efforts of coach Patrick Sung, who helped the teenager develop endurance.

Eliud is a hero for Kenyans

The athlete was born and raised in a family of ordinary Kenyan farmers in 1984 and before he still spends most of his time at home, with his wife and children. Despite the status of an Olympic champion, Kipchoge lives an ordinary life, which conquers his fellow countrymen.

Kipchoge and the coach are connected not only by sports

When Eliut first won the regional race, Patrick Sangha became interested in him and asked his name. I was very surprised when I heard the name Kipchoge. I immediately remembered that his mother was my teacher in kindergarten, - recalls Patrick.
Interestingly, at that time Eliud did not have hours for training, and the coach gave him his Timex.

Eliud overtook the world record holder at 18

It was the world championship in 2003, where Kipchoge ran 5000 meters faster than the world record holder Hisham El-Guerruj. Then Kipchoge was an unknown young man.

Kipchoge keeps a record of his training

When Eliud started playing sports, he decided to write down the results of all his workouts in a notebook. Today there are already more than 15 of them.

The athlete gives all the best for only 80%

But this is only in training. He himself believes that you need to save strength for starts, so he runs very relaxed during preparation.

Nothing interferes with a good runner

The athlete ran a rather large part of the Berlin Marathon practically without insoles. They just got out of the sneakers and stuck out about the heels.

It was not easy, - says Kipchoge. - My left foot was covered with blisters and my big toe was cut into blood.

Surprisingly, Eliud won this time too, setting a personal best.

Kipchoge has a formula for success

And he willingly shares it. The main rule in the training and life of an athlete: motivation + discipline = consistency.

He is now close to a new record

Nike decided to conduct an experiment and see if someone can run a marathon in two hours. They pledged $ 1 million to an athlete who will be the first to run a marathon in 1: 59.59. At the same time, for the very fact of participating in the experiment, the athletes received $ 750 thousand each. Kipchoge got the leading role in the project. Nike has developed special sneakers to accelerate athletes, special conditions and training program. Eliud finished first - he ran in 2:00.25 and broke the existing record, but still did not break beyond the two hours.

However, the experiment continues and Kipchoge is currently training in the lab in the forests of Kenya.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge finishes marathon in less than two hours

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