Eliud Kipchoge

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Eliud Kipchoge EGH (English: /ˌɛliˈd kɪpˈɡə/ EL-ee-OOD kip-CHOH-gə; born 5 November 1984[2]) is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon and formerly specialized at the 5000 metre distance. Regarded as the greatest marathon runner of all time, he is the 2016 and 2020 Olympic marathon champion and the world record holder in the marathon with a time of 2:01:09 set at the 2022 Berlin Marathon.[3] He has run four of the six fastest marathons in history.[4]

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Eliud Kipchoge
Kipchoge at the 2015 Berlin Marathon
Personal information
Born (1984-11-05) 5 November 1984 (age 38)
Kapsisiywa, Rift Valley Province, Kenya (today in Nandi County)
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight52 kg (115 lb)[1]
Event(s)Marathon, 5000 m
TeamNN Running Team
Coached byPatrick Sang
Achievements and titles
World finals2003 Paris
5000 m, Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold
2005 Helsinki
5000 m, 4th
2007 Osaka
5000 m, Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver
2009 Berlin
5000 m, 5th
2011 Daegu
5000 m, 7th
Olympic finals2004 Athens
5000 m, Bronze_medal_icon.svg Bronze
2008 Beijing
5000 m, Silver_medal_icon.svg Silver
2016 Rio de Janeiro
Marathon, Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold
2020 Tokyo
Marathon, Gold_medal_icon.svg Gold
Personal best(s)

Kipchoge claimed his first individual world championship title in 2003 by winning the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships and setting a world junior record over 5000 m on the track. At the age of eighteen, he became the senior 5000 m world champion at the 2003 World Championships with a championships record, then followed with an Olympic bronze for Kenya in 2004 and a bronze at the 2006 World Indoor Championships. A five-time World Championship 5000 m finalist, Kipchoge took silver medals at the 2007 World Championships, 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

He switched to road running in 2012 and made the second-fastest half marathon debut ever, at 59:25. In his marathon debut, he won the 2013 Hamburg Marathon in a course record time. His first victory at a World Marathon Major came at the Chicago Marathon in 2014, and he went on to become series champion a record five times – for 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022. He has won the London Marathon a record four times and also shares the record for most Berlin Marathon wins with four, tied with Haile Gebrselassie. With 15 victories out of his 18 marathons, Kipchoge's only losses have been a second-place finish behind Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at the 2013 Berlin Marathon, where Kipsang broke the world record, an eighth-place finish at the 2020 London Marathon and a sixth place in his debut at the Boston Marathon in 2023.[5][6][7] Kipchoge's current world record run broke by 30 seconds his own 2018 world record, which was in turn a 78-second improvement over the existing best, the greatest improvement in a marathon world record time since 1967.

On 12 October 2019, Kipchoge ran the marathon distance for the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, achieving a time of 1:59:40.2, becoming the first person in recorded history to do a sub-two-hour marathon.[8] The run did not count as a new marathon record, as standard competition rules for pacing and fluids were not followed, and it was not an open event.[9][10][11]

Kipchoge was appointed Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 20 October 2019 in recognition of his sub-two-hour marathon.[12] He was also named the 2019 BBC World Sport Star of the Year. In 2023 he was awarded the Princess of Asturias Award in the category "Sports".[13]