Eliud Kipchoge Wins NN Mission Marathon

  • Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to a full marathon in under 2 hours: (1:59:40) in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, October 12.
    Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to a full marathon in under 2 hours: (1:59:40) in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, October 12.
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  • Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge registered an impressive performance at the NN Mission Marathon held at Twente Airport in the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.

    Kipchoge recorded a win with a timestamp of 2:04:29, with training mate Jonathan Korir following in second place at 2:06:05. 

    Eritrean Goitom Kifle took third place, finishing four minutes after Kipchoge with 2:08:07.

    Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line at the NN Mission Marathon in Netherlands on April 18, 2021.
    Marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line at the NN Mission Marathon in Netherlands on April 18, 2021.
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    Kipchoge's win has poured cold water on critics who felt that his time was over following his disastrous performance at the 2020 London Marathon where he finished 8th place.

    "Truly proud of Eliud Kipchoge for setting the athletics bar so high and for bouncing back into the arena with such grace, courage and brilliance," Sports CS Amina Mohamed said.

    "Eliud Kipchoge has once more exuded the true Kenyan spirit, the spirit of perseverance and ultimate victory. Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for your spectacular victory in the NN Mission Marathon. Well done," Baringo Senator Gideon Moi added. 

    This race is Kipchoge's final competition before the upcoming Olympics Games in Japan.

    "It is wonderful to be back on the start line at the NN Mission Marathon in The Netherlands. On Sunday I want to run a beautiful race, to show the world that we are on a huge transition to a great future. I hope you will all enjoy the race," the marathon legend announced two days before the race.

    Kipchoge broke away almost 30 minutes to the end of the race, showing a smile which his fans have come to interpret as a signal for an incredible run. 

    During training, it was revealed that the athlete would use Libre Sense—the world's first glucose biosensor designed for athletes to help sports performance.

    "Using Abbott's Libre Sense has transformed my training program. I am learning how my glucose levels relate to my running performance and have already started to see how quickly small adjustments can make a big difference," Kipchoge said.

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    World record holder Eliud Kipchoge trains in Kenya during the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020
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