How Eliud Kipchoge is priming youngster Daniel Mateiko for marathon glory

How Eliud Kipchoge is priming youngster Daniel Mateiko for marathon glory

Abigael Wafula 21:39 - 26.05.2024

Daniel Mateiko has opened up on drawing inspiration from training with his mentor, five-time Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge.

The reigning Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon champion Daniel Mateiko has opened up on how Eliud Kipchoge has played a huge role in his budding career.

Mateiko trains at the Global Sports Communication training camp in Kaptagat with Kipchoge and he noted that the former world marathon record holder also doubles up as his mentor.

Kipchoge has cemented his place as one of the greatest marathoners in the world and he is priming young Mateiko for greatness.

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He will be competing in the 10,000m at the Prefontaine Classic, an event that doubles as the Kenyan trials, with the aim of making the Olympic team at the distance.

“Here we have a good system, good management and coaches. The team is also good, and that also motivates. Someone like Eliud, he has played a crucial role in my athletics career.

“I am in the right place, training with my mentor [Kipchoge], he trains me physically but also mentally to be able to deal with the challenges of sport. He teaches me a lot.

"He teaches me that sport is not about today, but that what you do today will determine what you will be tomorrow and, in the future,” he told

The 25-year-old made his full marathon debut at the 2023 Chicago Marathon and what cost him was the lack of experience since he stuck with the late Kelvin Kiptum, who was experienced at the time, and ended up burning out.

Kiptum went ahead to break the world record, clocking 2:00:35 to cross the finish line and shatter Kipchoge’s world record time of 2:01:09. Mateiko then competed in his second marathon at the London Marathon where failed to finish the race.

“After Chicago, I learnt a lot, especially about failure. Kiptum was the strongest that day, and that’s how sport is. Even if I didn’t achieve anything in Chicago, but Kiptum broke the world record, I was happy because I [somehow] contributed to that fast mark, as I was only aiming for a personal best, though I didn’t make it.

“I am still young, my marathon journey is just starting…All these are part of my learning process, the more I fail, the more I am hungry to do well in the future. I still have many more years to come, so all these are stepping stones. Fail now, but tomorrow is another day I have to achieve,” he said.