No human is limited. – Eliud Kipchoge.
Considered an engineered running event (sponsored by British petrochemicals company INEOS) where Eliud Kipchoge had to run on a plain surface, he got help from pacemakers as they reduced drag and he wore specially designed shoes from Nike. But the fact is, this marathoner from Kenya completed a marathon under 2 hours.
Although Kipchoge’s time is not an official world record, because he did not run under two hours in race conditions. Although he holds the official record, having run the 2018 Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.
Kipchoge was born on 5 November 1984 in Kapsisiywa, Kenya, Nandi County. Kipchoge graduated from Kaptel Secondary School in 1999 but did not run seriously then. He ran two miles (3.2 km) to school on a daily basis. Kipchoge was raised by a single mother (teacher) and only knew his father from photos. He’s the youngest of four brothers. He met his mentor Patrick Sang (former Olympic medalist at the Steeplechase) in 2001 at the age of 16. Kipchoge’s wife and three children live in Eldoret, Kenya. He lives and trains in Kaptagat, 30 km from Eldoret.
The methods of the 34-year-old are famously simple-and modest. Despite his multimillionaire status, currently, he lives and trains his wife and three children at a training center in Kaptagat, a small village in the Kenyan Highlands, for almost 300 days a year.
After following his career I strongly feel he is one of the rare athletes who are the guiding light to all those young kids who want to become a good person and an athlete.