Just five years ago, running a marathon in under two hours was considered an unattainable fantasy. However, Kelvin Kiptum, a 23-year-old Kenyan, has defied all expectations by completing the 42.195 kilometers in 2 hours and 35 seconds, setting a new world record in the Chicago Marathon this Sunday.
He had never before come so close to the two-hour mark in an official marathon. Not even Eliud Kipchoge, the legendary marathoner and multiple record-breaker, achieved this impressive milestone. Kiptum has changed the perception of marathon and endurance sports, proving that young athletes can compete at extraordinary levels from the beginning of their careers.
In his third participation in a marathon, Kiptum left the audience speechless by using his personal technique of accelerating during the second half of the race. With a first-half time of 1 hour, 48 minutes, and 48 seconds, the young Kenyan athlete completed the second half in an astonishing time of 59 minutes and 47 seconds, almost breaking the one-hour barrier in the second half of the marathon.
His victory not only represents a notable personal achievement but also a significant advancement in the world of athletics. Kiptum has proven that the next generation of runners has the potential to break previously unreachable frontiers.
Furthermore, in the women’s category, the Dutch Sifan Hassan also left her mark by winning the Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, and 44 seconds, marking another outstanding performance in the world of athletics.
These achievements highlight the accelerated evolution of the sport and suggest that we could be seeing more historical records being broken in the near future, thus redefining the limits of human performance in the world of marathoning.