Eliud Kipchoge opens up on his secret for marathon success

ATHLETICS Eliud Kipchoge opens up on his secret for marathon success

Abigael Wafula 14:15 - 15.04.2023

The 38-year-old is a two-time Olympic marathon champion.

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge has revealed the secret behind his prowess over the 42km distance that has kept him in the game for over five years.

The 38-year-old highlighted the key things that keep him grounded in his athletics career including having discipline, focus and not being swayed by what the masses have to say.


“I try to build a reputable career and I must admit it’s not easy. You need discipline, focus, hard work, and concentration. I have tried to be really professional but I am trying to show the whole world that longevity is what is needed to rise as a sportsperson…that is what inspires the next generation,” he said.

Out of the six World Marathon Majors, Kipchoge has bagged titles in four editions and is eager to add the Boston Marathon title to his rich trophy cabinet.

He has managed wins at the Berlin Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, and London Marathon. After Boston Marathon, he will only be left with the New York City Marathon.

By following the virtues he outlined, Kipchoge has also been able to win two Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“I am targeting the win,” bullish Kipchoge said.

In his preparation to realize his dream, Kipchoge has visited the Boston course and he thinks it is a ‘very good course.’ The 2019 London Marathon champion added that he has not done any different training in preparation for the marathon.

Talking about his age, the 2003 world 5000m champion said he will continue training and running until his muscles get to a point they are unable to handle training. 

“I have been training for the event for the last five months. I follow the program by the coach…sometimes it’s difficult but I have to keep going. Injuries are part of training and it happens more often. Because we have the right system, that prevents a lot of serious injuries,” he said.