ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS SERIES IX CHAMPIONS

Eliud Kipchoge

Nation Kenya
Birthday November 5 1984
Personal Best 2:03:05 (London 2016)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Aug 21 2016 Olympic Games Marathon, Rio de Janeiro 1st 2:08:44
Apr 24 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:03:05
Sep 27 2015 BMW BERLIN-MARATON 1st 2:04:00
Apr 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:04:42
Oct 12 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 2:04:11
Sep 29 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2nd 2:04:05

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series IX 1st 50pts
Series VIII 6th 40pts
Series VII 13th 15pts

Additional Career Highlights

Apr 13 2014 ABN AMRO Marathon, Rotterdam 1st 2:05:00
Apr 21 2013 Haspa Marathon Hamburg 1st 2:05:30

Career notes

Eliud Kipchoge is the 2016 Olympic Games marathon champion. The Kenyan overcame wet and muggy conditions on the final day of the Games to beat the best of the rest of the world in 2:08:44.

He is only the second Kenyan man to win Olympic gold, following former WMM winner Sammy Wanjiru who triumphed in Beijing in 2008. After Jemima Sumgong’s thrilling victory in the women’s race a week earlier, Kipchoge cemented Kenya’s place in Olympic history as the first nation to win both marathon titles at the same Games.

He ran the second fastest marathon in history with a course record 2:03:05 at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. En route he set a 30km world record of 1:27:14. Kipchoge is the first man to win four consecutive Majors. In 2015 Kipchoge's 4:08:42 total was the fastest one-year double on record-quality courses. In his first eight marathons, his only loss came when he was second behind Wilson Kipsang's world record at the 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.

Kipchoge produced an incredible upset at the 2003 IAAF World Championships, when at the age of 18 he won the 5000 metres gold medal, defeating two legends, Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham el Guerrouj.

Personal notes

Kipchoge was born in Kapsisiywa, in the Nandi District in Kenya where his parents were farmers. He still lives mainly in Kapsisiywa. He trains at the Global Sports camp in Kaptagat but is based in Nijmegen, Netherlands, during track season. Kipchoge has a daughter, Lynne Jebet, born in 2006, and two sons.

Mary Keitany

Nation Kenya
Birthday January 18, 1982
Personal Best 2:18:37 (London 2012)

Abbott World Marathon Major Highlights

Apr 24 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 9th 2:28:30
Nov 1 2015 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 2:24:45
Apr 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 2:23:40
Nov 2 2014 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 2:25:07
Aug 5 2012 Olympic Games Marathon 4th 2:23:56
Apr 22 2012 Virgin London Marathon 1st 2:18:37
Nov 6 2011 ING New York City Marathon 3rd 2:23:38
Apr 17 2011 Virgin London Marathon 1st 2:19:19
Nov 7 2010 ING New York City Marathon 3rd 2:29:01

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series IX 1st 41pts
Series VIII 9th 25pts
Series VII 7th 30pts
Series VI 1st 65pts
Series V 2nd 45pts

Career notes

Mary Keitany is a two-time Virgin Money London Marathon winner and a TCS New York City Marathon champion. She holds the Kenyan and African record for the marathon of 2:18:37, set when winning the 2012 Virgin London Marathon. In the 2011 New York City Marathon race she ran the fastest marathon first half in history, 1:07:56, but faded to third in the final miles.

Keitany set a former world record of 1:05:50 for the half-marathon at Ras Al Khaimah in 2011 and has a best time of 1:05:39 at the point-to-point Great North Run in 2014. She is also the world record holder for 25km, 1:19:53 at Berlin in 2010. In November 2016 she became the first able-bodied runner to win the New York City Marathon on three consecutive occasions since Grete Waitz won five in a row from 1982-1986.

She won Series IX with 41 points, equal to Helah Kiprop and Mare Dibaba, but was awarded the title by the six AWMM race directors due to the strength of the fields in which she had competed.

Personal notes

Mary (Jepkosgei) Keitany was born in Kisok in the Baringo District of Kenya. She is married to distance runner Charles Koech, a 1:01 half-marathoner. They live in Iten, Kenya, and have a son, Jared Kipchumba, born in June 2008 and daughter Samantha who was born in April 2013.

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