Self-Coached 23YO Kenyan Athlete Vows to Shatter Chicago Marathon Record After Heartbreaking Near-Miss in London

Published 10/08/2023, 6:09 AM EDT

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It is almost race time for the Chicago Marathon. With the first break of dawn, the elite athletes will be running past the starting line with only one goal, to be the first one to cross the finishing line, to get there as fast as possible, breaking old records and setting new ones. The elite runners throughout the world will be competing for the highest glory at the event.

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Chicago is a flat course and is the place where records are set and broken, with five records being broken on that course. Athletes will be eyeing to break the course record. More than 47000 participants will start the Chicago Marathon this coming Sunday while some will be looking to break their own personal records some will be running to break course records. Among these is one Kenyan athlete who is looking to break the Marathon record after a previous heartbreak.

Hopes, dreams, and the Chicago Marathon

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Chicago is a flat course and a fast race is inevitable there, everybody is looking out for Kelvin Kiptum. He had the most impressive debut and then consecutively ran a 2:01 marathon. To be able to show consistency in time at this big stage is very impressive.
Skipping the track and field and directly diving into the marathons, Kiptum is self-taught and has shown the best performance in his career races and has his eyes set on the 2:03:45 Chicago Marathon course record.

A recent post shared by FloTrack on X was captioned “Kelvin Kiptum has his sights set on the 2:03:45 Chicago Marathon course record that has stood for a decade. How much faster does he likely go than that mark?” In an exclusive interview with Olympics, he said “I want to run Chicago and then maybe next year go to Berlin. But I am dreaming of the Paris Olympics. If I get a chance to be selected by the selectors, I’ll be thankful and I’ll go there and try to win a medal.”

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The Olympic dream might be in sight for this young talented runner, but for now, all eyes or on the young Kenyan who might just become the greatest runner of our time as he looks forward to shattering records.

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Kelvin Kiptum from Kenya looks to shatter records

Kelvin Kiptum the 23-year-old self-taught runner will be eying the course record of what will be his third career race. The Kenyan athlete came into highlight last year when he ran a 2:01:25 at Valencia which was also his debut race. Just a few seconds shy of Kipchoge’s record, this Kenyan became the most interesting prospect in long-distance running. What made it even more special was that Valencia was the debut race for him.

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Earlier he declined the invitation from the Kenyan National team to represent Kenya at World Athletics Championship in Budapest. He was training for Chicago all along, eyeing a new course record. While talking to Olympic.com he said “I have trained really well for Chicago, and I know that Chicago is fast, but I am just looking forward to testing the course. I trust myself and my target is to just run a good race and run under the course record.”

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Shantnu Dobhal is an American sportswriter at EssentiallySports, who specialises in Weightlifting and Basketball. He is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Shantnu has always been attached to the world of sports through generations and is into MMA and boxing.
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