The Kenyan athlete is one of the greatest marathon runners in history: a two-time Olympic champion (2016, 2021) and the current world record holder (2 hours, 1 minute and 9 seconds in Berlin in 2022).

"If you don't rule your mind, your mind will rule you." Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) célèbre sa victoire dans la course junior masculine aux 31e Championnats du monde de cross-country de l'IAAF qui se sont déroulés le 30 mars 2003 à La Broye, à Lausanne, en Suisse, Getty Images, 2003, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) à côté de Hicham EL GUERROUJ El (MAR) pendant la finale du 5 000 m masculin aux 9e Championnats du monde d'athlétisme de l'IAAF au Stade de France le 31 août 2003 à Paris, Getty Images, 2003, From the collection of: The Olympic Museum
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His first exploits

In 2003, the Kenyan athlete claimed the junior title at the Cross Country World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Five months later, KIPCHOGE stunned the world by winning the 5,000-metre title at the World Championships in Paris, clocking an impressive time of 12 minutes, 52.79 seconds, (new record for the event) ahead of distance specialists EL GUERROUJ (MAR) and BEKELE (ETH).


Athènes 2004, 5 000 m Hommes - Hicham EL GUERROUJ (MAR) 1e, Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) 3e, et Kenenisa BEKELE (ETH) 2e, à l'arrivée. (2004) by Comité International OlympiqueThe Olympic Museum

Athens 2004

In his first Olympic appearance, Eliud KIPCHOGE won the bronze medal in the 5,000 metres  , finishing behind Morocco's Hicham EL GUERROUJ and Ethiopia's Kenenisa BEKELE, with a time of 13 minutes, 15.10 seconds.    

Beijing 2008, 5 000 m Hommes, Kenenisa BEKELE (ETH) 1e franchit la ligne d'arrivée suivi par Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) 2e. (2008) by Comité International OlympiqueThe Olympic Museum

Beijing 2008

At the 2008 Olympics, Eliud KIPCHOGE secured a second-place finish in the 5,000 metres   with a time of 13 minutes, 2.80 seconds  , just behind Kenenisa BEKELE , who set a new Olympic record of 12 minutes, 57.82 seconds   .

His first major marathon 

Since 2013, KIPCHOGE has focused on the half marathon and marathon. In September 2013, he ran the Berlin Marathon, where his compatriot  Wilson KIPSANG  set a new world record of  2 hours, 3 minutes and 23 seconds. Kipchoge finished second in a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 5 seconds.

Rio 2016 – Marathon Hommes, Arrivée d’Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) 1e (2016) by Comité International Olympique (CIO)The Olympic Museum

Rio 2016

At the age of 31, Eliud Kipchoge achieved his ultimate goal. After winning the 2016 London Marathon, he went on to claim his first Olympic title. 

After 35 kilometres of the course and with just seven kilometres remaining, he effortlessly pulled away from his competitors, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 44 seconds, ahead of Ethiopia's LILESA and American Galen RUPP

New world record in 2018

KIPCHOGE shattered the marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon in a phenomenal time of 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds, surpassing the previous time set by fellow Kenyan Dennis KIMETTO by 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Tokyo 2020 - Chaussures similaires à celles portées par Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) et d'autres marathoniens. (2021) by Comité International OlympiqueThe Olympic Museum

Breaking the two-hour barrier in Vienna in 2019

KIPCHOGE completed the marathon in a record-breaking time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, averaging a staggering speed of 21 km/h. During the INEOS Challenge, an electric car set the pace and KIPCHOGE wore a personalised version of the Vaporfly shoes. Due to these reasons, the race was not officially recognised.

Tokyo 2020 – Marathon Hommes, Arrivée d’Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN) 1e (2021) by Comité International Olympique (CIO)The Olympic Museum

Tokyo 2020

At the age of 36, the Kenyan runner took home his second Olympic gold in the marathon, finishing in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 38 seconds.
He became the third athlete in history to achieve back-to-back Olympic victories, joining the ranks of Ethiopia's BIKILA (1960 and 1964) and East Germany's CIERPINSKI (1976 and 1980).

Paris 2024, Préparation des JO, 2021 – Marathon pour tous. Au centre, Eliud KIPCHOGE (KEN (2021) by Comité International OlympiqueThe Olympic Museum

The Marathon for All at Paris 2024

Amateur runners will have the opportunity to run along the same route as the Olympic marathon. To earn a race bib, 3,500 enthusiasts took on KIPCHOGE in 2021 in a 5,000-metre event.

How to obtain this coveted spot? Simple – don't let the champion overtake you, as he starts with a time handicap...


At the 2022 Berlin Marathon, KIPCHOGE set a new world record for the distance, finishing in 2 hours, 1 minute and 9 seconds and shaving 30 seconds off his own record, set four years earlier in the same event.

On 24 September 2023, KIPCHOGE triumphed for the fifth time in Berlin in 2 h02'42''.

On 8 October 2023, Kelvin KIPTUM, a 23-year-old Kenyan, broke the world record with a time of 2h00'35'', beating the previous benchmark by 34 seconds!

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