Eliud Kipchoge Feted With The Prestigious Princess of Asturias Sports Award

Eliud Kipchoge, the legendary marathoner known as “the philosopher” in the global sporting arena for his impeccable strategy and unwavering concentration, added another dazzling feather to his illustrious cap. On the sun-kissed day of October 20, 2023, as Kenya celebrated its Mashujaa Day, Spain’s Royal Family gathered in Oviedo to bestow upon Kipchoge the revered Princess of Asturias Sports Award.

This grand gala, hosted on a radiant Friday evening, was a star-studded affair, a spectacle that shone brightly in the sporting cosmos. The royal elegance was palpable as Spain’s royal dignitaries, donned in regal attire, graced the ceremony with their presence. Amidst a backdrop of elegance, Eliud Kipchoge was presented with not just an award but a slice of history.

The Princess of Asturias Award, an annual spectacle, not only confers prestige but also a princely sum of $53,000 (Sh7.9 million), an exquisite sculpture crafted exclusively for the honorees, and a certificate that serves as a testament to their unparalleled feats.

Eliud Kipchoge’s legacy in marathon running is nothing short of awe-inspiring. He has conquered the four major marathons, including London and Berlin, not once, not twice, but four times each. His acceptance speech resonated with profound humility and a larger-than-life perspective. Kipchoge declared that running for him transcends the mere act of physical exertion; it’s a sacred medium to unify the world.

“We can only achieve greatness if we fully believe that there is nothing holding us back. There are no limits, just what our mind tricks us to believe. So, I urge you to see the world this way,” the sage-like Kipchoge urged, his words echoing through the grand hall.

Kipchoge’s address didn’t just end there; he had another ace up his sleeve. He couldn’t help but express his elation at the rising star, Kevin Kiptum, who recently shattered his own world record. Kevin Kiptum emerged victorious at the 2023 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, clocking a remarkable 2:00:35.

Eliud Kipchoge voiced support and camaraderie as he exclaimed, “I was not surprised about [Kiptum] breaking the world record. I was happy to see the record being broken… I am looking forward to seeing records being broken because I have shown them the way.”

With Tokyo in the rearview mirror, Kipchoge now sets his sights on the 2024 Olympic Games. A clash of the titans awaits as the 38-year-old maestro, Eliud Kipchoge, seeks to clinch an unprecedented third successive gold medal. His eyes are locked on a hallowed achievement: becoming the first athlete to claim three Olympic marathon golds. Rio in 2016 and Tokyo in 2021 were just the beginning; Paris beckons with a promise of eternal glory. Eliud Kipchoge, the legend, stands on the cusp of history once more.