Kelvin Kiptum Sets New World Record at Chicago Marathon, Shatters Eliud Kipchoge’s Time

Kelvin Kiptum Sets New World Record at Chicago Marathon, Shatters Eliud Kipchoge’s Time

Martin Moses
updated at October 9, 2023 at 11:44 AM
  • Kelvin Kiptum is the new men's marathon world record holder
  • Kiptum shaved more than 30 seconds from the previous record held by Eliud Kipchoge
  • The 23-year-old also won the London Marathon earlier this year

Kelvin Kiptum ran a blistering race at the Chicago marathon to set a new world record on Sunday, October 8.

Kiptum clocked a time of 2 hours and 35 seconds to obliterate the previous time of 2:1:09 seconds held by the legendary Eliud Kipchoge. He thus became the first human being to run a marathon under 2 hours and one minute.

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Kelvin Kiptum celebrates after winning the Chicago marathon on October 8. Photo by Kamil KRZACZYNSKI.
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Prior to this race, Kiptum had the second fastest time in history after using 2:01:25 to win the London marathon in April.

Kiptum had only run two marathons in his career before setting the fastest time. He made his debut in Valencia 10 months ago, where he used a time of 2:01:53 before heading to London, where he posted another impressive time.

"I feel so happy. I was well prepared. I was going for the course record, but fortunately, I got the world record," said Kiptum after the race.

Kiptum broke away from his Kenyan compatriot Daniel Mateiko after 30 kilometres to get into world record pace. Last year's champion Benson Kiptuto finished second with 2:04:24, with Belgian Bashir Abdi rounding off the podium places with 2:04:32.

He now holds two of the fastest times in history, setting up an interesting spectacle ahead of next year's Paris Olympics, where he is expected to face Kipchoge. Kipchoge will be going for a third consecutive Olympic title.

Eliud Kipchoge wins Berlin marathon

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported that Kipchoge won his 5th marathon on September 24 after winning in the 2023 Berlin Marathon.

The Kenyan clocked 2:02.42 to win his 16th career marathon, further cementing his status as the best in marathon running.

His compatriot Vincent Kipkemboi, who is making his marathon debut, finished second in 2:03.13 and Ethiopia's Tadese Takele finished third in 2:03.24

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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