Factbox on Eliud Kipchoge – Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) – Factbox on Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge who on Saturday became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, the marathon world record holder, runs during his attempt to run a marathon in under two hours in Vienna, Austria, October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger


*Born Nov. 5, 1984 in Kapsisiywa, Nandi District of Kenya.

*He met his trainer Patrick Sang, a former Olympic medalist in the steeplechase, in 2001 at the age of 16.

*In 2002, he finished fifth in the World Cross Country Championships individual junior race in Dublin and was part of the Kenyan team that won gold.

*Set a world junior record in 5,000 meters at the 2003 Bislett Games.


*Kipchoge won a flurry of medals over 5,000m — gold at the 2003 world championships in Paris, bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics, silver at the 2007 world championships in Osaka and silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


*Made his half-marathon debut at the 2012 Lille Half Marathon, where he came third. His time of 59:25 was the second fastest half-marathon debut behind Moses Mosop’s 59:20 in Milan in 2010.

*Opened the 2013 season with a win at the Barcelona Half Marathon before making a smooth transition to full marathons by taking the Hamburg title in April.

*Raced in the 2013 Berlin Marathon and finished second in 2:04:05, then the fifth-fastest time in history, in his second marathon.

*Won the Berlin title in 2015 even though the insoles of his shoes came loose, causing blistered feet.

*Won back-to-back London Marathon titles in 2015 and 2016. His 2016 run broke the course record and was the second-fastest marathon time in history.

*Won the marathon gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics in a time of 2:08:44.

*In May 2017, Kipchoge attempted the first sub-two-hour assisted marathon on the Monza Formula One racetrack near in Italy. He finished in 2:00:25, a run not recognized by the IAAF.

*Won the 2017 Berlin Marathon in rainy conditions, ahead of debutant Guye Adola.

*Won the 2018 London Marathon against a field that included four-times Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah and three-times Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele.

*Set a world record for the marathon of 2:01:39 in retaining his Berlin title in Sept. 2018

*Won his fourth London Marathon in 2019 in a time of 2:02:37, the second fastest marathon of all time.

*Ran a marathon in 1:59.40 seconds in Vienna, breaking the two-hour barrier. Was assisted by an electric pacecar and 41 pacemakers, who ran in seven-man teams. As in Monza, the mark was not recognized by the sport’s governing IAAF.

Reporting by Brian Homewood and Hardik Vyas; Editing by Ken Ferris

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