The first human who has run the 42 kilometers and 195 meters below two hours was still running after crossing the finish line. His celebration with the public that packed the Vienna Prater could not be otherwise: to sprint, to the race.
Eliud Kipchoge (Kapsisiywa, 5-11-1984, Kenya) is the best marathoner in the world. At least that's what the numbers say. His 1: 59.40 with all the conditions that marked the test are not official. Yes it is his marathon world record. In Berlin, in front of the Brandenburg Gate, he stopped the clock at 2: 01.39. It was a bite of more than a minute to the record that his compatriot Dennis Kipruto had. No one had ever improved the marathon record with such a difference.
Kipchogue, like many other Kenyan athletes, went for a fondist. He went through the cross and his jump to stardom came 16 years ago at the Paris World Cups. He did it big. He was proclaimed 5,000 world champion ahead of two legends like Bekele and El Guerrouj. It was the announcement of what was to come. But the fierce competition in the great distances prevented him from becoming the star he was targeting. The trials of his country for the World Cups of ten years ago were decisive to change his course. He saw that the distances on the track, 5,000 and 10,000, were too short. And decided to make the jump. In 2013 he entered the planet of the marathon media. And the step to the marathon made him a myth. The first time he ran 42,195 meters in Berlin, he was second with the fifth best mark in history. Since then everything has been victories. He has won in Chicago (2014), in Berlin (2015, 2017 and 2018), London (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019) and Rio (2016). All before breaking in Vienna one of the most mythical barriers of athletics. The next challenge? Improve your universal marathon record that is more threatened than ever. Kenenisa Bekele stayed within two seconds of improving it in the recent Berlin marathon. That's why Eliud Kipchogue keeps running.
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