Today we pay tribute to

Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge (born 5 November 1984) in Kapsisiywa, Nandi district is a Kenyan long distance runner who has won gold medals at the Olympic and world level. He attended Kaptel Secondary school in 1999 but did not run seriously that time.

In 2002, he won at the Kenyan trials for the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships junior race. He came to prominence in 2003 by winning the junior race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship, setting a world junior record over 5000 meters on the track and then becoming World Champion at the 2004 World Championships in Athletics. In 2004, he won a bronze medal for Kenya at Athens Olympics. He yet again took another bronze at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor championships.

In 2007 World Championships in Athletics, Eliud won a series of silver medals in the 5000m race. In 2010 he came in second and won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games at the 5000m.His 3000 meters best of 7:27.66 ranks him as the 12th fastest at the distance ever and his 5000m best of 12:46.53 makes him the fourth fastest in the event. In 2012 he moved to road events and set a half marathon best of 59:25 minutes. He went ahead and won in the 2013 Hamburg Marathon with a finishing time of 2:05.30. Eliud improved the time the same year at the Berlin Marathon running 2:04:05 which made him the fifth-fastest marathon in history at the time.

In 2015, he won the Berlin Marathon in 2:04:00, improving his personal best by 5 seconds. In 2016, he improved on this personal best yet again, achieving a winning time of 2:03:05 at the London Marathon. This achievement recorded the second fastest time ever at the time on a record-eligible course and set a new course record. Eliud won a gold medal the same year at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio with a time of 2:08:44. He is currently the 3rd fastest Marathon runner ever behind Dennis Kimetto (2.02.57) and Kenenisa Bekele (2.03.03).

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