Eliud KIPCHOGE

  • Médailles
    1 O
    1 A
    1 B
  • Participations
    3
  • Première participation
    Athènes 2004
  • Année de naissance
    1984
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Eliud KIPCHOGE

Having taken place so recently, it’s hard to put Eliud Kipchoge’s astonishing sub two-hour marathon into context. Like Roger Bannister breaking the four minute mile in 1954, the Kenyan achieved something that many people believed physically couldn’t be done.

Some will argue about the details, but the facts remain remarkable. On 12 October 2019, Kipchoge ran 26.2 miles in the time of 1:59:40, across a special course in Vienna, Austria. It did not count as an official marathon world record, because standard competition rules for pacing and fluids were not followed, and it wasn’t an ‘open’ race. He was paced by a car and carefully co-ordinated team of elite runners throughout.

But the moment still transcended the rules: the sense of occasion and Kipchoge’s emotions afterwards ensured that the completion of the 1:59 challenge, which he had already attempted and failed once, will be seen as his crowning achievement in years to come.

Kipchoge, now 35, realised the significance immediately afterwards. “After Roger Bannister in 1954, it took another 63 years, I tried and I did not get it,” he said about the breakthrough. “I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited.”

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Rio 2016

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Marathon
Marathon Athletics
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Beijing 2008

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5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics
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Athènes 2004

B
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Athletics