Unexpected Turn of Events Hype Chicago Marathon 2023 After 23YO Kelvin Kiptum Wrecks Marathon Legend’s World Record

Published 10/10/2023, 7:40 PM EDT

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Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum made an unbeatable record at the 2023 Chicago Marathon. The stunning performance made his identity from an unknown runner to stand out as the star of the show. Besides winning the race, he successfully made a World record of 2:00:35 by completing the marathon. This surpassed the previous record of 2:01:09, which was made by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge. Kipchoge successfully held this record, since the previous year in the Berlin Marathon.

The Chicago Marathon has a reputation of being a fast course with the help of such great runners. It boasts the World Athletics Platinum Label, by making it a suitable choice for elite athletes all around the world. No other runner could be seen in the distance when Kelvin Kiptum tore through the finish line tape in Chicago

Kiptum’s historic Chicago Marathon


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The incredible runner finished the race under the time frame of 2 hours and 35 seconds at the Marathon. Kiptum’s performance thumped Eliud Kipchoge who is a two-time Olympic champion with 34 seconds record. This event turned Kiptum’s name into one of the most eligible athletes in the world, who broke the record of 2 hours and 1 minute in any marathon.


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“I knew I was coming for a course record, but a world record — I am so happy,” Kiptum said, according to World Athletics. “A world record was not on my mind today, but I knew one day I would be a world record-holder.” The post announcing the broken record was made by Athletics Weekly on X (formerly Twitter)

His journey in the path-walk began in December 2022 in Valencia, where he clocked 2:01:53.  Earlier in 2022, he was mostly focused on half marathons and 10,000-meter races. But now Kiptum has continued to impress by running 2:01:25 at the London Marathon in April.


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A journey from obscurity to world record glory

The Chicago Marathon has a rich history of rewriting and setting world records. Kiptum’s victory pens down as the third instance of such an achievement. The previous records were set in Berlin, with Kipchoge (2:01:09, 2022) and Kenenisa Bekele (2:01:41, 2019) as the record holders. Belgian runner Bashir Abdi took the third spot with a time of 2:04:32.


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In the midst of these unexpected events, Kelvin Kiptum’s performance at the 2023 Chicago Marathon has solidified his place in marathon history. He also serves as an inspirational story of how determination and talent can lead to remarkable achievements in the world of long-distance running.

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Shayni Maitra


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Shayni Maitra is an Olympic Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing her degree in Psychology from a reputed institute, Shayni has been actively involved with entertainment writing for a year. Her role as an Olympic writer combines her admiration for sports, especially Gymnastics.
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Shifa Jahan