Eliud Kipchoge is a Kenyan marathon legend, owner of the 2016 Olympic Gold Medal and the first in the history of mankind to be able to complete a marathon in less than 2 hours. But few people know that these great things are created by a simple foundation, unbelievably poor.
Visit the site of the legendary Kipchoge
Present at the Kaptagat marathon runner, where the legendary Eliud Kipchoge trained to create so many classic achievements in the history of world athletics, Ben Bloom (Telegraph) is eager to see the special things. But instead of seeing flat roads, modern machines, Ben Bloom is just a big puddle of mud.
Listening to Eliud Kipchoge that the Kaptagat training ground is located in the upper part of Kenya, so it often rains at night to create large puddles and mud, Ben Bloom asked in wonder: “You trained here to create so something that humans have never done? “.
In October last year, at a track and field event in Vienna (Austria), Eliud Kipchoge completed the marathon with a record of 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds. He became the first person in history to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours. Although the World Athletics Federation does not recognize this as an official record due to the fact that Vienna lacks many criteria to be recognized, athletes fans do not care about that. They only know that the limits of humankind have been broken by Kipchoge.
Kipchoge is an assassin of marathons. In the last 13 marathons that Kipchoge attended, he won to … 12 tournaments. Currently, Kipchoge also owns the world record when completing the marathon in Berlin 2018 with a record of 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds, breaking the old record to 1 minute 18 seconds.
The incredible simplicity of a legend
Back at the Kaptagat training camp, reporter Ben Bloom was told that the muddy, muddy puddle with dirt was where the athletes from amateur to amateur practice every day. Of the dozens of people doing morning exercises, Kipchoge is the rare person who has an odometer and a heartbeat. The other athletes are training in the most sketchy condition possible.
There is no dressing room, no bathroom, within 400 meters. After finishing the morning exercises when the sun was not yet up (to avoid high temperatures), the athletes dressed up on the grass and then returned to the breakfast area at 9:30. They all practiced with an empty stomach.
In Kaptagat, all players call Eliud Kipchoge their eldest brother, their coach. Eliud Kipchoge‘s standard, scientific and economical lifestyle is followed by everyone and considered it the standard of an athlete. During the non-tournament time, Kipchoge keeps a schedule exactly like a robot for many years. He will have breakfast at 9:00, have lunch at 12:30, have tea at 17, have dinner at 19:30 and go to bed at 21:30.
Kipchoge’s life does not exist in any luxury. He has no supercars, no mansions, no branded goods, no luxurious restaurants, no coffee bars at nightclubs. Kipchoge also does not have his own diet. He ate breakfast with everyone, with bread and some milk.
After the meal, Eliud Kipchoge will mobilize everyone to wash the dishes, brush the toilet together and clean everything in the common room. Discipline is what Kipchoge holds for himself and wants the younger generation to follow.
The Kipchoge family, with his wife and three children, still lives on a farm 25 km from where he trains. Kipchoge has the capacity to move his family closer to him, but he loves life on the farm, loves simplicity. Kipchoge has been transmitting its own values, meaningful messages. His value is demonstrated on the run, not by luxurious, frivolous materials.
Kipchoge called on his colleagues to keep practicing
The global pandemic caused large-scale sporting events to be canceled. According to the schedule, Kipchoge will attend the London Marathon on April 26 to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics in August. But now both events are postponed to 2021. When not playing, the motivation to practice is also of course decreased. But Kipchoge urged colleagues to maintain the same training schedule. Medium to maintain fitness. Medium to avoid injury when the tournament comes back.
The “debut” marathon was seven years ago
Approximately seven years ago, on April 21, 2013, Eliud Kipchoge officially entered the professional marathon world with participating in the Hamburg Marathon. He immediately won with a record achievement (2:05:30, so far is the record of the tournament). In September, he participated in the second tournament, the Berlin Marathon, and finished second. To defeat him, the winner Wilson Kipsang had to set a world record at the time (2:03:23).
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