The 2023 Chicago Marathon will be remembered for years to come. Kelvin Kiptum, the Kenyan long-distance sensation, not only won the race but also set a new marathon world record with an astonishing time of 2:00:35. This achievement becomes even more impressive considering that Kiptum was leading the pack just 5km into the race and completed the latter half in under an hour.
This record-breaking performance saw Kiptum surpass the previous record held by fellow Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge, by a mere 34 seconds. Kipchoge's record of 2:01:09 had been a benchmark in marathon running. But now, with the ink barely dry on his new record, Kiptum is already hinting at another challenge, potentially setting the stage for a rivalry with Kipchoge.
While Kipchoge has been a dominant force in marathon running, Kiptum's recent feats suggest that the young athlete, at just 23 and with only three senior marathons under his belt, is poised to redefine the marathon landscape. Remarkably, Kiptum already boasts three of the six fastest marathon times ever recorded.
Kiptum's Berlin Ambitions
A recent report by Wanjiku Reports cited Kiptum's ambitions, "My focus was on Chicago, but I still have time for the Berlin Marathon... I have a Coach, Gervais Hakizimana, whom I have worked with for 2 years now." The Berlin Marathon is significant as it's where Kipchoge set his world record. Kiptum's statement hints at not just participating but potentially dethroning Kipchoge at the Berlin Marathon.
"My focus was on Chicago, but I still have time for the Berlin Marathon...I have a Coach, Gervais Hakizimana, whom I have worked with for 2 years now." - Kelvin Kiptum pic.twitter.com/oJEQbLWuI1— Wanjiku Reports (@WanjikuReports) October 10, 2023
Yet, it wasn't just Kiptum's feet that were the talk of the town. The shoes he wore, along with those of the women's world record holder, Ethiopian Tigst Assefa, garnered attention. The race saw a clash of titans, not just among athletes but also between sportswear giants, Adidas and Nike. Assefa's record-setting run was achieved in Adidas Adizero Adios Pro Evo 1, while Kiptum raced to victory in the Nike Alphafly 3, known in athletic circles as the Nike Dev 163. Both these "super-shoes" are celebrated for their advanced technology, enhancing the runner's performance.
With the 2024 Paris Olympics and Berlin Marathon on the horizon, Kiptum's ambitions are clear. He's not just content with breaking records; he's aiming to redefine marathon running and establish himself as the undisputed king of the track.