Chicago Marathon 2023: Kelvin Kiptum Breaks Eliud Kipchoge's World Record

Kelvin Kiptum Breaks Marathon World Record in Chicago

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On Sunday, October 8th, Kelvin Kiptum, the London Marathon winner, delivered an astonishing performance in Chicago, shattering Eliud Kipchoge’s world record. Kiptum clocked a remarkable time of 2:00:35, surpassing Kipchoge’s previous record from Berlin by 34 seconds.

Early in the race, a lead group formed within the first few kilometers, featuring seven runners and several pacemakers. However, as the race progressed, only Kiptum and Daniel Kibet Mateiko remained in contention with a sole pacemaker.

At the halfway point, they were slightly off the world record pace, completing it in 1:00:48. But it was Kiptum’s incredible surge in the final 10km that brought Kipchoge’s record from Berlin the previous year back into reach. A blazing 5km stretch of 13:51 between the 30-35km mark put Kiptum on track to break the 2:01 barrier, and he continued to lead the race confidently.

In the women’s race, Sifan Hassan was on a similar path to success, aiming to replicate her victory at the London Marathon. Alongside reigning champion Ruth Chepngetich, they covered the first 10km in an impressive 31:05, which was 40 seconds faster than Tigst Assefa’s world record in Berlin two weeks earlier.

With three male pacemakers for support, Hassan and Chepngetich maintained their rapid pace, distancing themselves from the rest of the field. At the 20km mark, Hassan, who had won two medals at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest six weeks prior, was slightly behind Chepngetich, who reached the halfway point in 1:05:42, at least 45 seconds ahead of the world record pace.

Nevertheless, just as she had done in her debut victory in London, Hassan staged a comeback and, after the 25km mark, began to pull away from her Kenyan rival. While she couldn’t match Assefa’s world record time, the Dutchwoman secured a comfortable lead with 5km to go, approaching her second victory in two marathons.

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