The eldest sibling among the four children of his parents, Eliud Kipchoge was born on 5th November 1984 in Kapsisisywa, Nandi County. His father passed away while he was a kid whereas his mother worked as a teacher.
Eliud who used to run two miles every day to school and sold milk afterward to support his family graduated from Kaptel Secondary School in 1999. Gaining interest in athletics as a teen, he met his trainer Patrick Sang when he was merely 16 years old.
Eliud Kipchoge became the first man in history to complete a marathon in under two hours
On 12th October 2019, Eliud Kipchoge ran a 26.2 miles marathon in an unbelievable 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. To put this into perspective, it's equivalent to running 100m every 17 seconds, 422 times in a row.
Following the achievement of this remarkable feat in the 1:59 Ineos Challenge in Vienna, Kipchoge said:
I am feeling good. After Roger Bannister in 1954 it took another 63 years, I tried and I did not get it - 65 years, I am the first man - I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited.
Kipchoge then displayed his appreciation for the 41 pacemakers who he believes are among the 'best athletes in the world'. He added,
I can say thank you to them, I appreciate them for accepting and together we made history on this one.
Since this was an open competition, however, he did not earn himself a world record. His fans need not be disheartened though, since Kipchoge already holds a world record from his incredible performance in the Berlin marathon (September 16, 2018) which he completed at 2:01:39.
Kipchoge is a married man with a wife and three kids
Eliud Kipchoge is married to Grace Sugutt with whom he shares three children.
Eliud Kipchoge is married to his wife named Grace Sugutt. The couple shares three children together. The entire family of five currently resides in Eldoret, Kenya.
Speaking after his history-making marathon victory in Vienna in 2019, the incredible athlete expressed his delight for his family who was at the event to witness him inking his name in the history books.
We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world. My wife and three children, I am happy for them to come and witness history.
The marathoner added, "The positively of sport, I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport."
Eliud Kipchoge's wife Grace Sugutt revealed the secrets of the marathoner's success
Grace Sugutt provided insight into her husband's success.
Source: Nairobi Wire
Following Eliud's record-breaking success at the Berlin Marathon in 2018, his spouse Grace Sugutt claimed hard work and discipline combined with a healthy diet is the key to his success.
Sugutt further noted her partner's humility and work ethic in training is the reason he got to where he's at today.
He greets everybody in the village; he doesn't look like a person who thinks he made it in life. He looks like an ordinary person.
The supportive old lady of Eliud also revealed the type of food her husband likes to eat. She cooks ugali and mursik for him, while he's also extremely fond of roasted maize.
Intriguing facts about Eliud Kipchoge, including his impressive achievements and world records
The Kenyan long-distance runner competes in the marathon and the 5000 meters.
Source: Running Magazine
- First man in history to complete a marathon in under 2 hours.
- Broke the world record at the 2018 Berlin Marathon clocking at 2:01:39.
- Seasoned Olympic Champion with victories in 10 out of 11 marathons he's competed in.
- Dubbed the 'Greatest Marathoner, Ever' by the New York Times in September 2018.
- Began gaining attention when he was just 18 following his victory at the IAAF World Country Championships where he set a world junior record over 5000 meters.
- Follows a simple formula he wrote in one of his notebooks: "Motivation + Discipline = Consistency".