Congratulations are in order. Eliud Kipchoge, 29, crossed the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon finish line as the victor on Oct. 12, marking his first major marathon win!
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who entered the 2014 race with the lowest personal best in the field — a 2:04:05 he ran in Berlin last year — came out on top and won the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, crossing the finish line in just two hours, four minutes and eleven seconds!
Eliud Kipchoge Wins Chicago Marathon
Following his glorious finish, Eliud showed a bit of humility when he admitted he could have done better, however, he still feels pleased with the result.
“This is a big marathon,” he said, according to NBC News. “All in all, I’m happy.”
We’re so happy for Eliud, but most importantly, we’re impressed.
This was Eliud’s first major marathon win, however, he took the 5,000-meter silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and bronze at Athens in 2004.
Eliud Kipchoge Wins Marathon: He Thanks His Supporters
Eliud said he owes all of his success to his supporters in Kenya.
“Thank you,” he said to NBC News. “Thank for your support, for pushing me. I appreciate everything. Hope to see you next year.”
Sammy Kitwara finished second with a time of two hours, four minutes and twenty-eight seconds, and Dickson Chumba came in third at two hours, four minutes and thirty-two seconds.
Eliud pulled away from Sammy at mile 24 to win the race — he also lead a Kenyan sweep!
In the women’s race, Rita Jeptoo won her second consecutive marathon with a time of 2 hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds.
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— Chris Rogers