The Kenyan marathon legend started 2022 by smashing the course record in Tokyo – scene of his Olympic triumph just seven months prior – winning in 2:02:40
2022 was another remarkable year for Eliud Kipchoge.
The Kenyan marathon legend started 2022 by smashing the course record in Tokyo – scene of his Olympic triumph just seven months prior – winning in 2:02:40. He then lined up in the German capital for the fifth time in his glittering career and broke his own world record with 2:01:09 at the Berlin Marathon.
Off the back of those victories, Kipchoge was unsurprisingly confirmed winner of the World Marathon Majors series for a record fifth time.
It was close, though, as compatriot Evans Chebet also notched up two big city wins. He won in Boston in April in 2:06:51 and then crossed the line in first place in New York City in November in 2:08:41, finishing just 13 seconds ahead of Ethiopia’s Shura Kitata.
Chebet, who is a 2:03:00 performer at his best, showed that marathon success is about more than just fast times. His winning time in Boston, which isn’t even eligible for records or lists due to the point-to-point course, wouldn’t even rank inside the top 75 performances of the year.
Amos Kipruto, who finished second to Kipchoge in Tokyo, went on to win in London in 2:04:39. Namesake Benson Kipruto completed a Kenyan sweep of men’s big city marathons, taking the Chicago title in 2:04:24.
The men’s marathon wasn’t an all-Kenyan affair in 2022, though. In fact, no Kenyan men made it on to the marathon podium at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22. Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola won gold in a championship record of 2:05:36 with compatriot Mosinet Geremew taking silver (2:06:44) and Belgium’s Bashir Abdi earning bronze, four seconds further behind.
But perhaps the biggest surprise in the men’s marathon in 2022 came at the Valencia Marathon in early December when debutant Kelvin Kiptum triumphed in 2:01:53, the fastest debut in history and enough for third on the world all-time list. Only Kipchoge and the legendary Kenenisa Bekele have ever gone faster.
It also proved to be the deepest race of the year as six men finished inside 2:05 and, for the first time ever, 18 men broke 2:08.