Eliud Kipchoge Marathon QTD

September 26, 2022
A photo of a man with outstretched arms to the sky
"My legs and my body still feel young. But the most important thing is my mind, and that also feels fresh and young. I'm so happy to break the world record."

Eliud Kipchoge, 37, broke the world record for marathon running on Sunday. He ran 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 1 minute, 9 seconds. He broke the previous world record (which was his own he'd achieved in 2018) by 30 seconds. Combined with the women's first place runner, Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia, the two times made this year's Berlin marathon the fastest marathon ever.

Kipchoge, who is from Kenya, averaged 4 minutes, 37 seconds per mile. The second-place runner finished nearly 5 minutes after him. In a 2018 New York Times interview, Kipchoge shared a formula he uses to stay on top: "Motivation + Discipline = Consistency."

He was so fast, he had time to celebrate long before the second-place runner arrived (NPR)

Eliud Kipchoge Smashes His Own Marathon World Record (The New York Times)

For more: Eliud Kipchoge Is the Greatest Marathoner, Ever (The New York Times 2018 interview)

by Jenna Lee,