Eliud Kipchoge

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Eliud Kipchoge athletics

Berlin Marathon 2015 Runners 0.jpg
Kipchoge at the Berlin Marathon 2015

nation KenyaKenya Kenya
birthday 5th November 1984 (age 35)
place of birth Kapsisiywa,  Kenya
size 167 cm
Weight 52 kg
discipline Long distance running
Trainer Patrick Sang
National squad since 2002
status active
Medal table
Olympic games 1 × gold 1 × silver 1 × bronze
World championships 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Indoor World Cup 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
Cross Country World Championship 3 × gold 2 × silver 0 × bronze
Commonwealth Games 0 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
World Marathon Majors 8 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
bronze Athens 2004 5000 m
silver Beijing 2008 5000 m
gold Rio de Janeiro 2016 marathon
IAAF logo World championships
gold Paris 2003 5000 m
silver Osaka 2007 5000 m
IAAF logo Indoor world championships
bronze Moscow 2006 3000 m
IAAF logo World Cross Country Championships
gold Dublin 2002 U20 team
gold Lausanne 2003 U20 singles
gold Lausanne 2003 U20 team
silver Brussels 2004 Long distance team
silver Saint-Galmier 2005 Long distance team
Commonwealth Games Federation logo Commonwealth Games
silver New Delhi 2010 5000 m
Abbott World Marathon Majors logo (small) .svg World Marathon Majors
silver Berlin 2013 marathon
gold Chicago 2014 marathon
gold London 2015 marathon
gold Berlin 2015 marathon
gold London 2016 marathon
gold Berlin 2017 marathon
gold London 2018 marathon
gold Berlin 2018 marathon
gold London 2019 marathon
last change: April 28, 2019

Eliud Kipchoge (born November 5, 1984 in Kapsisiywa near Kapsabet ) is a Kenyan long-distance runner from the Nandi people . He is world champion in the 5000 meter run and Olympic champion in the marathon . In September 2018 he won the Berlin Marathon and set a world record with his winning time of 2:01:39 h. On October 12, 2019, in his second such record attempt in Vienna , he became the first person to run the marathon distance in less than two hours; the performance is not considered a world record because of the lack of competition conditions .

Athletic career

Eliud Kipchoge won the junior race of the 2003 Cross Country World Championships . In the summer of 2003, he also reached the top of the world in the adult category in the 5000 meter run . At the World Athletics Championships in Paris / Saint Denis , Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham El Guerrouj , who had previously become world champions over 1500 and 10,000 meters respectively , faced each other in the 5000 meter final . Bekele ensured a fast pace from the start, but was never able to break away from the field, so that on the last two laps El Guerrouj took the lead with a long sprint. Nevertheless, the race came to a head on the home straight, and finally Eliud Kipchoge won in 12: 52.79 minutes ahead of El Guerrouj in 12: 52.83 minutes and Bekele in 12: 53.12 minutes. It was the fastest 5000m final ever, and Kipchoge's time was a junior world record.

The 2004 season began for Eliud Kipchoge with a fourth place at the World Cross Country Championships . At the beginning of July, Kipchoge improved his personal record over 5000 meters in Rome. On August 28, the medal winners of the 2003 World Championships faced each other again in the final at the Olympic Games in Athens . The race started rather cautiously and then slowly increased. Again there was a long final sprint, which this time El Guerrouj won in 13: 14.39 min. Behind Bekele (13:14:59 min) Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line in third place and won bronze for 13: 15.10 min. At the beginning of September, Kipchoge won the 3000-meter run at the Golden League meeting in Brussels in an annual world record of 7: 27.72 minutes.

In 2005, Kipchoge was fifth at the World Cross Country Championships . The finals at the World Championships in Helsinki took place without El Guerrouj and Bekele and was a real strolling race. Only the last 1000 meters were really fast, and once again everyone sprinted for positions on the home straight. While Benjamin Limo (13: 32.55 min) won the seventh of ten titles over this distance for Kenya, Kipchoge missed bronze by eight hundredths of a second against Australian Craig Mottram in 13: 33.04 min .

In 2006, Kipchoge won bronze at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow over 3000 m behind Bekele and the ex-Kenyan Saif Saaeed Shaheen , who started for Qatar .

At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka , he won silver, only beaten by Bernard Lagat . Kipchoge also won silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing , this time running behind Kenenisa Bekele. The following year he came in fifth at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin .

After winning the San Silvestre Vallecana in 2005 and 2006 , he turned back to road running in 2010 . He won the Carlsbad 5000 , but because of strong gusts of wind he missed the goal he had set himself to set the world record over the distance of 5 km. In 2010, Kipchoge finished second at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi over 5000 meters.

After failing to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012, Kipchoge focused on the half marathon. So he finished third in the Lille half marathon .

In 2013, after winning the Barcelona Half Marathon, he made his marathon debut at the Hamburg Marathon . With 2:05:30 h he set a course record and distanced the competition by more than two minutes. At the Berlin Marathon he finished second behind the world record running Wilson Kipsang in 2:04:05 h . He also won the half marathon in Barcelona and the Wörthersee half marathon .

On April 13, 2014 he won the Rotterdam Marathon in 2:05:00 h. On October 12, 2014, he won the Chicago Marathon in 2:04:11 h ahead of the favored Kenenisa Bekele . On April 26, 2015, Kipchoge also won the internationally top-class London Marathon . On Sunday, September 27, 2015, Kipchoge ran the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:04:00 h and thus in a personal best time as the winner through the finish line.

On April 24, 2016, he triumphed for the second time since 2015 at the London Marathon , leaving world-class athletes like Stanley Biwott , Kenenisa Bekele , Wilson Kipsang and the current world record holder Dennis Kimetto behind. With a time of 2:03:05 h, he missed Kimetto's world record by just eight seconds, making him the second fastest marathon runner in history at the time. He achieved his greatest success at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 . He became Olympic champion in the marathon with a time of 2:08:44 h. With the two victories in 2016, he also became the overall winner of the World Marathon Majors 2016/17 . In November he won the Delhi half marathon in 59:44 minutes.

On May 6, 2017, he started together with Lelisa Desisa and Zersenay Tadese on the Formula 1 circuit in Monza for “Breaking2” with the attempt by running shoe manufacturer Nike to run the marathon in under two hours. Eliud Kipchoge needed 2:00:25 h as the fastest runner. The result is not considered a world record, because it was not a regular race by the standards of the IAAF. On September 24, 2017, he won the Berlin Marathon for the second time since 2015.

Split times
marathon world record / "Breaking2" / "INEOS 1:59 Challenge"
World record
Berlin, September 16, 2018
Monza, May 6th 2017
INEOS 1:59 Challenge

Vienna, October 12, 2019

distance Split total time Split total time Split total time
5 km 14:24 min 14:24 min 14:14 min 14:14 min 14:10 min 14:10 min
10 km 14:37 min 29:01 min 14:07 min 28:21 min 14:10 min 28:20 min
15 km 14:37 min 43:38 min 14:13 min 42:34 min 14:14 min 42:34 min
20 km 14:18 min 57:56 min 14:15 min 56:49 min 14:13 min 56:47 min
Half (3:10 min) 1:01:06 h (3:08 min) 59:57 min (3:07 min) 59:54 min
25 km 14:28 min 1:12:24 h 14:14 min 1:11:03 h 14:12 min 1:10:59 h
30 km 14:21 min 1:26:45 h 14:17 min 1:25:20 h 14:12 min 1:25:11 h
35 km 14:16 min 1:41:01 h 14:17 min 1:39:37 h 14:12 min 1:39:23 h
40 km 14:31 min 1:55:32 h 14:27 min 1:54:04 h 14:13 min 1:53:36 h
marathon 6:07 min 2:01:39 h 6:21 min 2:00:25 h 6:04 min 1:59:40 h

On April 22nd, 2018, he won the London Marathon for the third time in 2:04:17 h and won the World Marathon Majors Series 2017/18 at the same time . At the Berlin Marathon 2018 he improved the marathon world record to 2:01:39 h. The 33-year-old was 78 seconds below the previous world record, and it was also his third victory at the marathon in Berlin.

In 2019 he won the London Marathon for the fourth time in a course record of 2:02:37 hours.

On October 12, 2019, Kipchoge tried again, under special conditions, to be the first person to cover the 42.195 kilometers in under two hours. This time he started alone in the Vienna Prater , supported by a total of 41 regularly exchanged tempo makers, including several Olympic and World Cup medal winners, and reached his goal after 1:59:40 h. As in Monza, time is not recognized as a world record due to the lack of competition conditions . In addition to lack of competition opponents corresponded mainly changing pacemakers that do not mitliefen from the beginning, and always-on board from attending bike out not the regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations IAAF , as a preceding vehicle car that pretended laser signal on the roadway a steady pace. In addition, the day and time of the event were set at short notice based on the weather forecast and thus optimized. Before the race, the surface of the 9.6-kilometer circuit had been partially repaved.

Personal best


He is married and has three children.


  • Peter Matthews (Ed.): Athletics 2006. The international Track and Field Annual. SportsBooks, Cheltenham 2006, ISBN 1-899807-34-9 .

Web links

Commons : Eliud Kipchoge  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ IAAF: Defar and Kipchoge prevail in Carlsbad ( Memento of April 13, 2010 in the Internet Archive ). April 12, 2010
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