We at AfricanaQ admire Eliud Kipchoge, the most decorated marathoner on the planet.
Eliud Kipchoge was born on November 5, 1984 in Kapsisiywa, in the west of Kenya. Already at the age of eighteen he became world champion at the 5,000 meters.
When he fell outside the Kenyan Olympic team in 2012 after a bad day, he decided to focus on the marathon
His supremacy in the distance is proven time and time again, and just to add to his list of accomplishments he is also the reigning Olympic champion
On Sep, 16, in Berlin, Eliud achieved a personal best and obliterated the previous world record – He finished in 2:01:39, breaking the world record by 78 seconds, the largest recorded margin in more than 50 years.
Kipchoge is the distance running version of Usain Bolt – from what we know about him, he is a man dedicated to his sports and to his family
Ten things you should know about Eliud Kipchoge:
- Kipchoge lives with his wife and three children in Eldoret, Kenya, at over 2,000 meters above sea level.
- He trains in a nearby camp in Kaptagat.
- He has recorded every workout in his notebook – one for every year – which means he now has 15 notebooks
- He is the youngest of four children – his mother worked as a teacher
- He is known as the Philosopher king – that is because in interviews he regularly quotes thinkers such as Aristotle, Socrates and Confucius.
- Since 2003 he has won 11 of the 12 marathons he participated in, including the Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro
- He has never sustained a serious injury
- Prior to the Berlin record, his personal best was 2hours, 3 minutes and 5 seconds
- He is an avid reader – with interest in books ranging from Aristotle to Biographies
- He once wrote down the formula: Motivation + Discipline = Consistency
His most audacious challenge – took place in 2017, on a racecar track in Italy, where he attempted to run a marathon in less than 2hours. This was as part of a project organized by Nike called “Breaking 2”. He averaged 4:36 per mile – but he couldn’t break the two hour barrier – he missed it by a mere 25 seconds – His time was 2:00:25.
Ladies and Gentlemen of AfricanaQ – please join us in celebrating Eliud Kipchoge.