Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge ( born November 5, 1984 at Kapsisiywa Kapsabet ) is a Kenyan long-distance runner.

Sports career

Eliud Kipchoge won the junior race of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships 2003. During the summer 2003 he came across in the 5000 - meter race in the adult area, top of the world before. At the World Athletics Championships in Paris / Saint Denis were in the final over 5000 meters Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham El Guerrouj over who had previously become already more than 1500 m and 10,000 m world champion. Bekele made ​​from the beginning for a fast pace, but never managed to emerge from the field, so that went on the last two laps El Guerrouj with a long spurt in leadership. Nevertheless, the race pointed down the stretch once again, and eventually won Eliud Kipchoge in 12:52,79 min before El Guerrouj in 12:52,83 min and Bekele in 12:53,12 min. It was the fastest 5000 -meter final of all time, and the time of Kipchoge meant junior world record.

The 2004 season began for Eliud Kipchoge with a fourth place finish at the World Cross Country Championships. Beginning of July improved Kipchoge in Rome his personal record over 5000 meters. On August 28, the medal winners of the 2003 World Championships were in the final at the Olympic Games in Athens again opposite. The race started rather subdued and then increased slowly. Again there was a long final sprint, the El Guerrouj in this time decided 13:14,39 min for themselves. Behind Bekele ( 13:14:59 min) Eliud Kipchoge came in third place and won for 13:15,10 min bronze. In early September Kipchoge won the Golden League meeting in Brussels, the 3000 -meter run in Jahresweltbestzeit of 7:27,72 min.

2005 Kipchoge finished fifth at the World Cross Country Championships. The finals at the World Championships in Helsinki was held without El Guerrouj and Bekele and was a veritable stroll race. Only the last 1000 meters were really fast, and once again sprinted all on the home straight to the courts. While Benjamin Limo (min 13:32,55 ) won at this distance for Kenya the seventh of ten titles, Kipchoge missed fourth in 13:33,04 min bronze by 0.08 seconds after the Australians Craig Mottram.

Kipchoge won in 2006 at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow Bronze 3000 m behind Bekele and the starting for Qatar Ex - Kenyan Saif Saaeed Shaheen.

At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, he won silver, beaten only by Bernard Lagat. Also won silver Kipchoge in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where he pulled in this time behind Kenenisa Bekele. The following year, he came at the World Championships in 2009 to fifth place.

After he won the San Silvestre Vallecana in 2005 and 2006, he turned again in 2010 the road running to. He won at the Carlsbad 5000, but missed due to strong wind gusts his own objective, over a distance of 5 km to set up the world record. In 2010, Kipchoge at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi over 5000 meters for second place.

After failing to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012, is Kipchoge concentrated on the half marathon. In April 2013, he made his marathon debut at the Hamburg Marathon. With 2:05:30 h he set a new course record and distanced the competition by more than two minutes. At the Berlin Marathon, he finished in 2:04:05 hours in second place behind the world record running Wilson Kipsang. He also won the half marathon in Barcelona and the Wörthersee Half Marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge is 1,67 m tall and weighs 52 kg.

Personal best

  • Hall: 7:32,99 min, February 6, 2010, Stuttgart