Kipchoge continues to live up to his mantra: no human is limited
As the World Athletics Awards 2022 draws near, we shine a spotlight on Eliud Kipchoge, a finalist for the World Athlete of the Year awards.
Kipchoge continues to live up to his mantra: no human is limited. In 2022, not only did the Kenyan marathon great win two major races in Tokyo and Berlin, but he also improved his own world record to 2:01:09 – more than half a minute faster than any other athlete has ever achieved.
His first race of the year came in Tokyo in March, back in the city where he won his second Olympic marathon title last year. Before the race, Kipchoge had written 'ST:RO:NG' instead of numbers on his finish time prediction card and he achieved that aim, running 2:02:40 for a Japanese all-comers' record and the fourth-fastest time ever recorded in a record-eligible event behind his own world record of 2:01:39 set in Berlin in 2018.
“I said I wanted to run strong in Japan and I did, I ran a course record,” he said. “I am really happy I won another major marathon.”
It put him a step closer to another of his aims - winning each of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. After victories in London, Berlin, Chicago and now Tokyo – all also World Athletics Elite Platinum Label road races – the 38-year-old will target Boston and New York City at some point in the future to compete the set.
Before that, however, he had business to attend to in Berlin.
In September, back at the scene of his 2018 world record, Kipchoge pushed the global mark further out of reach for the rest of the distance-running world. Clocking 2:01:09, he took half a minute off his previous world record and won by almost five minutes.
Unlike his last world record run, Kipchoge went out hard and was not just comfortably inside world record pace, but also inside a projected two-hour finish as the half way point was passed in 59:50.
Although his pace then started to drop slightly, Kipchoge always remained on world record tempo.
"I wanted to run the first half so fast. No limitations,” he said. "After 38km I knew I would be capable of breaking the world record.”