Born in 1984 in Kapsisywa in Nandi County in Kenya, Eliud Kipchoge came to prominence when he won the IAAF World Class Cross Country Championship in 2003. Kipchoge set a world junior record over 5000 metres and went ahead to become a 2003 World Championships in Athletics.

Kipchoge won bronze medal in the 2005 Athens Olympic and in the 2006 World Championship in Moscow.

A series of silver medals came through for Kipchoge at the 2007 World Championship at Osaka, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and at the Belgrade Race Through History.

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Kipchoge moved to road events in 2012, starting with the Edinburg Cross Country where he finished third. His 2013 season started with a win at the Barcelona Half Marathon and debuted as a marathoner at the Hamburg Marathon, where he won the title.

Kipchoge’s success in the Marathon propelled him to the limelight, but it came from practice and dedication. Kipchoge takes his training seriously and ensures that his meals are right for his body and brain.  He is also among the athletes who have spoken against doping, in a country where doping has been a short cut to athletic glory. 

Eliud Kipchoge in 2015. Photo: Wiki cc

He has also had to keep up with the pressure of expectations from Kenyans. His humility is what stands out; he opts to spend time at the Kaptagat Athletes Camp, where all athletes are all equal. Kipchoge plays his part in the chores in the camp and even does his own laundry in-between his training sessions.

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“Staying humble helps. If you are humble, your concentration will be very high. That’s the way to go in sports,” he said, adding that the respects the thoughts of the people who call him the greatest ever.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Kipchoge made the world fall in love with the Kenyan National Anthem as he stood at the podium to receive the Marathon gold medal.

In February 2017, Kipchoge alongside Zersenay Tadese and Lelisa Desisa, took part in the Nike Breaking2 project, attempting the first sub-two-hour assisted marathon. Kipchoge finished at 2:00:25, faster than the current world record and better than his personal best.

His target is a world record, something he missed in the Berlin Marathon where he posted a time of 2:03:32, marking the eight marathon he’s won.

He is still eyeing the world record, and is hoping to strike gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

For his prowess at the track and road, Kipchoge has received a number of awards, including the 2016 Athletics Kenya Athlete of the Year Award and 2016 Sportsman of the Year awards.  He is also nominated for the 2017 Association of International Marathons Best Male Runner Award.