Eliud Kipchoge arrives back home aboard Kenya Airways flight
Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest marathoner of all time, jetted back into the country aboard Kenya Airways on Wednesday morning.
KQ Director Communications and Public Affairs Dennis Kashero revealed that the plane from Amsterdam landed at 6:18am.
“Capt. Gachanja Githuku and his crew brought Kipchoge to Nairobi aboard KQ117,” Mr Kashero told Citizen Digital.
Kipchoge returned three days after his historic feat at the INEOS Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
He had left Eldoret on Tuesday, October 8 aboard a posh private jet owned by Sir James Arthur Ratcliffe; the brains behind the marathon.
Kipchoge clocked an astonishing 1:59:40, shattering the mythical sub-two marathon barrier.
BREAKING: HISTORY as #EliudKipchoge, world’s greatest marathoner, becomes the first human to run a marathon in under 2 hours.
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) October 12, 2019
He needed to maintain 4:34 minutes per mile pace to complete the challenge and stayed well inside that mark throughout the race, keeping an average 2 minutes 50 seconds pace per kilometer.
The 34-year-old marathon world record holder completed the first 21 kilometers in 59.35 minutes, 11 seconds under the two-hour pace.
He kept enough in his tank to complete a remarkable run with a flourish, charging over the finish line as he waved at fans lined up along the course.
“Today we went to the Moon and came back to earth! I am at a loss for words for all the support I have received from all over the world. Thank you to all who gave me the opportunity. Asante,” he said.
His latest feat adds to the world class status of an athlete who has won an incredible 11 out of 12 marathons.
Dear Mr. Obama, Thank you for your special words. In life we hope to inspire others. Thank you for inspiring me. It would be my greatest honour if we could meet, and discuss how we can make this world a running world. As a running world is a peaceful world. #NoHumanIsLimited https://t.co/RTe2Sf7MwZ
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 14, 2019
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