Eliud Kipchoge has been honoured by his sponsor, Nike, with a track under his name and a statue at the headquarters in Beaverton.
Former World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge expressed his gratitude to his sponsors, Nike, after they honoured him with a track and a statue.
Nike unveiled the Eliud Kipchoge Track at the Nike European Headquarters in the Netherlands and his statue at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton.
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He took to his Instagram page to express his joy saying: “Monday was a special celebration as we unveiled the Eliud Kipchoge Track at the Nike European Headquarters in the Netherlands, while at the same time, Nike revealed a statue of me at the headquarters in Beaverton. Thank you, Nike, for the great partnership, together we run as one.”
Kipchoge also went down memory lane to the time he signed with Nike back in 2003. He expressed gratitude to the sponsors for their unwavering support throughout his career.
He added that working together has helped them be a source of inspiration to every athlete in the world.
“20 years ago, Nike and I became partners in running. Since 2003, Nike has played a crucial role in my career, providing inspiration and innovation. Together, we have brought these elements to every athlete in the world.”
Since signing with Nike, the five-time Berlin Marathon champion has marked tremendous milestones in his career from winning two Olympic titles in the marathon to becoming the first man in history to win the Berlin Marathon five times.
Kipchoge is also a four-time London Marathon champion and he became the first man in history to run a marathon under two hours. He also managed to break the marathon world record twice.
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On October 12, 2019, in Vienna's Prater Park, he clocked 1:59:40 to win the race, becoming the first person in recorded history to break the two-hour barrier over a marathon distance.
The effort did not count as a new world record under the World Athletics rules due to the setup of the challenge.
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