Why Kelvin Kiptum’s Marathon World Record Is Monumental

On Sunday, 8th October 2023 Kelvin Kiptum made history, breaking the marathon world record.

23-year-old Kiptum crossed the finish line in 2 hours and 35 seconds to crush two times’ Olympic gold medalist, Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record of 2:01:09 set in 2022, Berlin.

First Athlete to break 2:01 in a record-eligible marathon

Kiptum became the first Athlete to break two hours and one minute in a record-eligible marathon.

The only other athlete who has achieved a sub 2 hours 1 minute in a Marathon is Eliud Kipchoge at the INEOS 1:59 challenge in Vienna, Austria, in 2019.

Kipchoge became the first human to achieve the barrier-breaking sub-two-hour, finishing in 1:59:40.2

The record, however, could not be ratified by World Athletics due to the presence of the pacemakers, the delivery of hydration by bicycle, and the lack of open competition.

“A world Record was not in my mind,” Kelvin Kiptum on the Chicago Marathon

Speaking to NBC after the race Kiptum said a word record was not in his mind.

“A world record was not in my mind today,” He said, adding …

“But I knew one day, one time I will be a world record holder.”

Kiptum has run three career marathons in the last 10 months.

And in less than a year, Kiptum has posted three of the six fastest times in history; 2:01:53 in Valencia, Spain, December 2022, followed by 2:01:25 in London in April 2023 and his latest, the World record 2:00:35.