Is it possible to finally achieve a dream record in the marathon? A man who was once thought to be unattainable is getting closer and closer to the two-hour barrier. The man is Kenyan Kelvin Kipchoge, 24.
Kipchoge completed the 42.195-kilometer full course in 2 hours, 00 minutes, 35 seconds at the 2023 Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on Aug. 8 (local time).
Kipchoge, 38, of Kenya, broke the previous world record of 2:01:09 set by Eliud Kipchoge, 38, of Kenya, at the Berlin Marathon last September by 34 seconds.
Kipchoge captured the world’s attention when he ran 2:01:53 at the Valencia Marathon on Dec. 4 last year. On April 23, he crossed the finish line at the London Marathon in 2:01:25, the second fastest time ever.
Nearly five months later, Kipchoge shaved 50 seconds off his time to become the fastest man in the world.
Now, all eyes will be on Kipchoge to see if he can achieve what has long been considered a marathon milestone: a sub-2 (running a full marathon in under two hours).
“I thought I could go for the course record (the previous record was 2:03:45), but I’m really happy to get a world record, which I didn’t expect,” Kipchoge said after the race, according to the World Association of Athletics Federations, “I always believed that one day I would be a world record holder, but I didn’t expect it to come so soon.”
On the day, Kipchum passed the 30-kilometer mark in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 31 seconds and began to break away. He followed that up with a 40-kilometer run in 1:54:23, picking up the pace in the final kilometer to set a new world record. Benson Kipruto (Kenya), who won the Chicago Marathon last year, finished second in 2:04:02.안전놀이터
Meanwhile, Sifan Hassan (30-Netherlands) won the women’s race in 2:13:44, a new meet record (previously 2:14:04) and the second-best time in women’s marathon history. Ruth Chepngeti (KEN), who won the Chicago Marathon in 2021 and 2022, was second in 2:15:37.
Hassan has dominated the Olympic and World Championships by excelling at the middle and longer distances of the track. At the London Marathon in April, he ran the full marathon for the first time, winning in 2:18:33. In her second attempt at the full marathon, she shaved four minutes and 49 seconds off her personal record. The women’s marathon world record is 2:11:53, set by Tigist Assefa (26-Ethiopia) at the Berlin Marathon last September.