Kelvin Kiptum's manager explains why the marathon record holder can enjoy lengthy career


ATHLETICS Kelvin Kiptum's manager explains why the marathon record holder can enjoy lengthy career

Abigael Wafula 07:36 - 30.11.2023

Golazo Group CEO Bob Verbeeck has explained what Kelvin Kiptum has to do to maintain his longevity in the marathon.

Golazo Group CEO Bob Verbeeck, Kelvin Kiptum’s manager, is not worried about his longevity in the full marathon and he has outlined what the Kenyan needs to do to maintain his form for the next 17 years.

Kiptum made his full marathon debut at 23 and his progression so far has been promising despite being shrouded by many doubts. Experts argue that since he started off at a young age, he might not be able to enjoy longevity but his manager, Verbeeck, thinks otherwise.

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The Belgian explained that Kiptum is young and that is a great advantage since he has time to run for long if he manages to keep the focus.

“Our focus is on the wellbeing of Kiptum as an individual. He is still very young, 23 and he can have a career for the next 17 years and we shall be enjoying his performance.

"However, for that to happen, he needs to be able to have that same focus that he has right now. He doesn’t need to get caught up in too many things.

"We want to give him comfort so he can focus on what he needs to do in order to become the best athlete and reach his potential,” Verbeeck said.

The Golazo Group boss also explained that they would support Kiptum with all their arsenal as they seek to help him pursue his dream. Verbeeck also showered Kiptum with praise for being a go-getter.

“We will support you (Kiptum) as a company, as much as we can. We want to ensure that he manages to accomplish his dreams,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kiptum made his full marathon debut at the Valencia Marathon last year where he clocked the fastest time in a debut. He then extended the hot streak to the London Marathon earlier this year where he won in the second-fastest time ever.

He then shattered Eliud Kipchoge’s world record time at the Chicago Marathon, clocking 2:00:35 to win the race.