The 37-year-old Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge crossed the line in a time of 2 hours, one minute & 9 seconds, to beat by 30 seconds his previous best.

Eliud Kipchoge : World record | Marathon pace | Diet

Eliud Kipchoge EGH is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon and formerly specialized at the 5000 metre distance.

Eliud Kipchoge : World record | Marathon pace | Diet

Personal information
Born 5 November 1984 (age 37)
Kapsisiywa, Nandi County, Kenya
     Height      167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)

Widely regarded as the greatest marathon runner, he is the 2016 and 2020 Olympic marathon champion, holds the world record in the marathon with a time of 2:01:09 set at the 2022 Berlin Marathon, and holds four out of the five fastest marathon times in history.

Kipchoge claimed his first individual world championship title in 2003 by winning the junior race at the World Cross Country Championships, and setting a world junior record over 5000 m on the track. 

World record 

The 37-year-old Kenyan crossed the line in a time of two hours, one minute and nine seconds, to beat by 30 seconds his previous best, set four years ago in the German capital city.

He had previously taken one minute 20 seconds off compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s 2014 record of 2:02.57 in Berlin.

Eliud Kipchoge : World record | Marathon pace | Diet

Kipchoge had played down his chances of a world record in the build up.

“I am happy with my preparation and I think I was so fast because of the teamwork. Everything is down to teamwork,” he said.

“What motivates me is my family and I want to inspire young people. Sport unites people and that is what motivates me.”

On an overcast day in Berlin, Kipchoge, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, ran the first half of the 26.2-mile race in 59 minutes, 51 seconds, prompting thoughts that he may become the first runner to break the two-hour mark in an official race

He has run a marathon in under two hours, in Vienna in 2019. However, that was not recognised as the official world record because it was not in open competition and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.

When asked whether he would attempt a sub-two hour run in Berlin next year, Kipchoge replied: “Let us plan for another day.

“I will celebrate this record and have to realise what happens. Just roll and see what happens.”

Marathon pace 

Eliud Kipchoge proved No Human Is Limited when he became the first human in history to run a sub-two-hour marathon in the city of Vienna, Austria this morning. Kipchoge ran the 42.195KM distance in a remarkable time of 1:59:40:2.

The 34-year-old Kenyan’s landmark achievement began at 8:15AM CEST on the Reichsbrucke Bridge in Vienna in perfect weather conditions of around 9 degrees celcius and wind speeds between 0.5 – 1.5 m/s.

Eliud Kipchoge : World record | Marathon pace | Diet

The circuit featured four [4.4] laps of the Hauptallee, the historic tree-lined avenue in The Prater, picked as the location of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge because of its long, flat straight sections and its protection from the wind.

Vienna came out to witness history being made with thousands of spectators lining the course to support Kipchoge and his team of 41 pacemakers, featuring some of the best middle and long-distance runners on the planet.

Kipchoge ran a consistent pace set by the electric timing car and the pacemakers of 2:50min/KM throughout the race with every single KM split being between 2:48min/KM – 2:52min/KM.

With the noise levels rising, Kipchoge crossed the line in a history-making time of 1:59:40:2 to become the first human to break the two-hour barrier for the marathon.

Eliud kipchoge Diet

The routine is always the same. For four months before every race, at his base in Kaptagat, Kenya, the fastest marathoner in history will churn through slight variations of the same workouts, week in, week out. After that he’ll show up and—almost without fail—dominate his rivals on the world stage.

Twice a week, Kipchoge and his training partners perform a 60-minute session of strength and mobility exercises using yoga mats and resistance bands. The exercise program focuses on the posterior chain, particularly the glutes, hamstrings, and core muscles.

Eliud Kipchoge : World record | Marathon pace | Diet

It involves a series of glute abduction moves using resistance bands and the athletes’ body weight: bridges, planks, single-leg deadlifts, followed by proprioception and balance exercises and some gentle stretching to finish. He doesn’t lift weights, and the goal behind these exercises is chiefly injury prevention.

Eliud kipchoge diet is simple: homemade bread, local fruits and vegetables, lots of Kenyan tea, some meat, and a generous daily helping of favorite food—ugali, a dense maize-flour porridge. When it comes to supplements, Kipchoge told me he takes none.

By Rishabh

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