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Kelvin Kiptum’s Triumph at the 2023 Chicago Marathon

Kelvin Kiptum’s Chicago Marathon Record

Kelvin Kiptum made headlines in Chicago on Sunday, October 8th, by smashing the world marathon record in spectacular fashion.

Just recently, he told Olympics.com, “In the future, I know I can run two hours.” The 23-year-old shattered Eliud Kipchoge’s previous mark of 2 hours, 35 minutes at precisely 2:34, within a hair’s breadth of breaking the 2-hour barrier.

Early Race Dynamics in Chicago

Within the first two kilometers, several pacemakers had already formed a leading group, with multiple pacemakers taking charge. It was only after the 5-kilometer mark that Kiptum and Daniel Kibet Mateiko remained in contact with the sole pacemaker from the London Marathon.

Kiptum’s Mid-Race Surge

This pair was outside world record pace when they reached halfway in 1:00:48, but it wasn’t until Kiptum failed to cover the 10km distance that the Berlin-record holder’s mark from the previous year came back into view.

At 30-35 kilometers, a 13:51 5-kilometer split suddenly put Kiptum more than 2:01 ahead of pace, and he continued to surge ahead.

Kiptum and Chepngetich’s Speedy Start

Kiptum was aiming to emulate Sifan Hassan and replicate his London success in the women’s race. He and Ruth Chepngetich, a two-time world record-breaker, completed the first 10 kilometers in 31:05, more than 40 seconds faster than Assefa’s record-setting time in Berlin a fortnight earlier.

Chicago Marathon 2023
Chicago Marathon 2023

With three male pacemakers for the company, the duo maintained their fast pace and steadily pulled away from the rest of the field.

Hassan’s Halfway Lag

By 20 kilometers, Hassan – who had just won two gold medals in the World Athletics Championships a week earlier – had fallen behind Chepngetich, who reached halfway in 1:05:42, well under 45 seconds off the world record pace.

Hassan’s Strong Finish in Chicago

But as he did in his victorious debut in London, Hassan gradually regained his composure and started to distance himself from his Kenyan rival – just after the 25-kilometer mark.

Sifan Hassan's strong finish at Chicago
Sifan Hassan’s strong finish at Chicago

While he missed out on the world record pace with Assefa soon after, the Dutchwoman was in fine form when she secured her second marathon victory.

FAQs

  • When and where did Kelvin Kiptum break the world marathon record?
    Kelvin Kiptum made headlines by smashing the world marathon record on Sunday, October 8th, in Chicago.
  • What was Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world record time, and how close did Kiptum come to breaking the 2-hour barrier?
    Eliud Kipchoge’s previous world record time was 2 hours and 35 minutes. Kelvin Kiptum shattered this record with a time of 2 hours and 34 minutes, coming incredibly close to breaking the 2-hour barrier.
  • How did the early race dynamics unfold in the Chicago Marathon?
    Within the first two kilometers, several pacemakers formed a leading group, and multiple pacemakers took charge. Kiptum and Daniel Kibet Mateiko remained in contact with the sole pacemaker from the London Marathon after the 5-kilometer mark.
  • Can you explain the mid-race surge by Kelvin Kiptum?
    Despite starting outside the world record pace, Kiptum’s mid-race surge between 30-35 kilometers, with a 13:51 5-kilometer split, put him more than 2 minutes ahead of pace, allowing him to continue surging ahead.
  • How did Kiptum and Ruth Chepngetich perform at the beginning of the race, and what made their start noteworthy?
    Kiptum aimed to replicate Sifan Hassan’s success and achieved a speedy start with Ruth Chepngetich. They completed the first 10 kilometers in 31 minutes and 5 seconds, which was over 40 seconds faster than Assefa’s record-setting time in Berlin.

Conclusion

Kiptum’s record-breaking run in the Chicago Marathon was a breathtaking spectacle of human achievement. His near miss at the two-hour barrier, along with outstanding performances by other athletes like Ruth Chepngetich, underlines the limitless potential of marathon runners. We look forward to witnessing more incredible feats in the future.

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