KENYAN long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge is no stranger to world records.
But what is the elite athlete’s latest achievement to his credit? We take a look, below.
Who is Eliud Kipchoge?
Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in marathons and formerly in the 5000 meters.
The athlete was born on November 5, 1984 in Kapsisiywa, Nandi district in Kenya.
Kipchoge’s world record at the 2018 Berlin Marathon broke the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds.
This is the biggest improvement in a marathon world record since 1967.
When he was just 18, he became the senior world champion in the 5,000m at the 2003 world athletics championships with a championship record.
He went on to win an Olympic bronze medal for Kenya in 2004 and a bronze medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2006.
He switched to road running in 2012 and clocked the second fastest half marathon of all time at 59:25 minutes.
The Olympic champion, who won the London Marathon for the fourth time earlier this year, missed the match as part of Nike’s Breaking 2 project at the Monza Grand Prix circuit in Italy two years ago.
But he believed that the favorable climate, excellent air quality and almost entirely flat terrain in Vienna would help him run to victory.
Kipchoge now lives with his wife and three children in Eldoret, Kenya.
What did he achieve in Vienna?
Kipchoge made history in 2019 by becoming the first person to run a grueling marathon in less than two hours.
The 34-year-old smashed his 20-second goal to finish the race in 1:59:40 after missing his first attempt two years ago by just 25 seconds.
The Kenyan, who is considered the greatest marathoner of all time, took part in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna today.
He ran at 13 mph and a 1 mile pace of two minutes 50 seconds – the average traffic speed in central London is 7 mph.
But his feat will not serve as an official record as he is not in open competition and he uses turn leaders.
His team of 41, protected from any headwind, makes sure he stays on schedule and provides him with drinks as he has completed 4.4 laps of a 9.6 km flat circuit.
There was also a green laser to show Kipchoge where he needed to be to break the record.
Kipchoge managed to keep chasing after the race as he encountered cheering crowds who cheered him on for the final sprint.
While not considered a world record, the bid will go down in history – no one has ever run 26.2 miles faster than 1:59.
The average runner completes a marathon of less than four hours – with just two percent of the global running community covering the distance in less than three hours.
Kipchoge trained for six months to prepare for today’s marathon at the Prater.
What is his net worth?
Kipchoge has collected numerous checks after breaking numerous world records during his career.
In Berlin, he received £ 38,000 for his extraordinary performance.
He also pocketed £ 534,000 to set a new world record.
The elite athlete also took home £ 39,000 winning the 2019 London Marathon.
His income is also supplemented by his sponsorship contract with Nike.
Figures from Whownskenya.com show Kipchoge’s overall net worth is estimated at £ 2.4million.
Why isn’t he taking part in the 2021 London Marathon?
Kipchoge will unfortunately not be in London on October 2 to try to regain his London crown.
He retired from racing earlier in the year to focus on the Olympics, where he won gold in Tokyo.
The victory made him an Olympic champion for the second time and does not prevent him from returning to the UK next year for another chance at the London Marathon.