Eliud Kipchoge: Listing Every Athlete Who Beat Kenya’s Marathon King

Eliud Kipchoge: Listing Every Athlete Who Beat Kenya’s Marathon King

Edwin Kiplagat
April 2, 2024 at 12:42 PM
  • Marathon star Eliud Kipchoge is edging closer to retirement
  • The Kenyan has participated in 20 competitive marathons
  • He lost four times in the marathons in his incredible career

Eliud Kipchoge is probably preparing for his last Olympic games.

The 39-year-old Kenyan superstar suffered defeat at the 2024 Tokyo Marathon, his first race of the Olympic year.

The double Olympic champion has won over 15 marathons, a record that will stand for years.

Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, Evans Chebet, Shura Kitata, Wilson Kipsang, 2024 Olympics, Boston marathon, London Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon.
Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's Marathon Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo by Lintao Zhang.
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The five-time Berlin Marathon champion has been beaten several times over the course of his career.

The latest defeat was at the Tokyo Marathon, a race his compatriot Benson Kipruto won. Fans expect the veteran to win his third Olympic gold at the Paris 2024 Olympics, but he will face tough competition.

In the 20 competitive marathon races Kipchoge has run, he has lost four times. He has won 11 Abbott World Marathon Majors. The only major marathon he hasn't won is the New York City Marathon and the Boston Marathon.

Here are all the athletes who have defeated the once-invincible star.

Athletes who have beaten Kipchoge

Benson Kipruto - 2024 Tokyo Marathon

Kipchoge was well beaten by his compatriot Kipruto last month at the Tokyo Marathon in Japan. Kipruto, the 2022 Chicago Marathon champion, broke Kipchoge's course record by winning in 2:02:16. Other Kenyan stars Timothy Kiplagat and Vincent Kipkemoi Ngetich finished second and third, respectively.

Kipchoge could only manage the 10th spot after the leading pack dropped him after 20 kilometres. He clocked 2:06:50, his fourth slowest marathon.

Kipruto has taken part in six major marathons and won two. He will likely make the Kenyan team for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Evans Chebet - 2023 Boston Marathon

Chebet successfully defended his Boston Marathon title in 2023. He clocked 2:05:54 to win ahead of Tanzania's Gabriel Geay and Kipruto. Kipchoge finished sixth, meaning he will have to wait longer for his first Boston marathon title. The marathon superstar clocked 2:09:23, his slowest marathon ever.

Chebet also won in Boston and New York in 2022. He has been tipped to spearhead Kenya's team at the 2024 Paris Olympics. He will grace the 2024 race, looking to become only the fifth man to three-peat in Boston.

Shura Kitata - 2020 London Marathon

Ethiopia's Kitata produced a shock result at the 2020 London Marathon, beating overwhelming favourite Kipchoge. Kitata won in 2:05:41 ahead of Vincent Kipchumba (02:05:42) and Kitata’s compatriot Sisay Lemma (2:05:45).

Kipchoge finished eighth in a time of 2:06:49. Benson Kipruto finished seventh in the race. The 2020 win remains Kitata's only win in a major marathon. He finished second in New York (twice) and at the 2018 London Marathon, which Kipchoge won. He took part in the 2023 New York City Marathon but finished third, per World Athletics.

Wilson Kipsang - 2013 Berlin Marathon

Kipchoge's compatriot Wilson Kipsang set a world record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon. He clocked 2:03:23 ahead of Kipchoge (2:04:05) and Geoffrey Kipsang (2:06:26). This was Kipchoge's debut in the marathon.

Kipsang went on to have a decorated career in the marathon. He won five Abbott World Marathon Majors out of the 12 he participated in. In 2020, he was banned for four years for anti-doping rule violations.

Kipchoge is undoubtedly the best marathon runner of all time. A third Olympic gold medal would remove any doubt about his iconic status.

Kiptum vs Kipchoge

Sports Brief also earlier compared Kelvin Kiptum and Kipchoge's first three career marathons after the world record holder's untimely death in February.

Kiptum owns three of the fastest 10 marathon records of all time. He broke Kipchoge's world record in last year's Chicago Marathon.

The two were expected to face off at the 2024 Paris Olympics, but a road accident tragically ended the life of the youngster.

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Edwin Kiplagat
Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.