On October 12, 2019, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge stunned the world by setting a new world time while running a 26.2-mile marathon under two hours in Vienna, Austria with a remarkable time of one hour, fifty-nine minutes and 40 seconds. Although, it was the fastest time run in a marathon, it did not count as a new world record because of certain regulations. At the time, the eight-time marathon winner and three-time Olympian crossed a bridge that most thought was uncrossable just a few years earlier. A little more than a century ago, the record stood at 2:55:18.4 in 1908. Kipchoge demonstrated once again that the top marathon runners in the world are Kenyans and then Ethiopians. Kenyan long-distance runners literally set the pace on the track that other runners mark as a goal to achieve.
Kipchoge was born on November 5, 1984, in Kapsisiywa. Nandi County in Kenya. He and his three siblings were raised by a single mother and teacher (Janet Rotich). He and his wife Grace Sugutt have three children and live in Eldoret, Kenya.
"If you concentrate on the rear mirror, you'll crash and cause an accident."