In Summary
  • Kelvin Kiptum broke the World Marathon Record in Chicago at 2:00:35.
  • He also became the fastest marathoner in the world and the first to run under 2:01.
  • The legend Eliud Kipchoge is yet to congratulate the young record holder Kelvin Kiptum.  

Kelvin Kiptum broke the World Marathon Record in Chicago at 2:00:35, previously set by Eliud Kipchoge at 2:01:54.

Kenya and the world were happily shocked by Kiptum’s record-breaking run in Chicago. But one man the legend Eliud Kipchoge is yet to congratulate Kiptum. A good number expected that he would have been the first one to pour praise on Kelvin Kiptum.

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What Eliud Kipchoge thinks of Kelvin Kiptum

Eliud knew he was a great runner and would make greater runs after Kelvin’s Valencia marathon debut.

This was Eliud Kipchoge’s reaction when Kelvin Kiptum made the fastest marathon debut internationally winning in 2:01:53.

“I’m not worried at all…. In fact, I’m the happiest man that there are other people who can run 2:01.” Eliud Kipchoge said.

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Renown athletes have congratulated Kelvin Kiptum.

Legendary Paul Tergat and Patrick Makau paid tribute and with Kiptum’s achievement, they now believed the record will be broken soon.

“It won’t take long before someone runs the marathon under two hours.” Tergat said.

It just might be Kelvin Kiptum to break his world record again. According to his coach Geravis Hakizimana, Kelvin trains a lot and doesn’t want to slow down.

“He is training a lot and at this rate he is in danger of breaking another record. I offered him to slow down the pace, but he doesn’t want to.” Coach Geravis Hakizimana

Kelvin Kiptum major performances so far

Kelvin Kiptum World Record Picture. PHOTO Courtesy


At the age of 18, Kiptum won the Eldoret Half marathon held in Kenya at 1:02:01, giving him the national attention. He followed this by a personal best of 59:54 in the Lisbon Half marathon, finishing 5th and has never looked back.

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The two races that shaped his career, making consistent improvements to breaking the World Record at the 2023 Chicago Marathon.

In his debut at the 2021 Valencia Marathon, he ran the fastest becoming the third man in history to break 2:02:00 finishing at 2:01:53.

In his next debut in the 2023 London Marathon, he missed the record by only 16 seconds finishing at 2:01:25.

In the just concluded Chicago Marathon he has shattered the record at 2:00:35.


October 10, 2023

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Ghetto Radio Managing Director, a Leadership Scholar, Social enthusiast, humanity is a core pillar. Musician and music lover. I am Unbwogable!

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