I expected my husband to win, Kipchoge’s wife opens up on athlete’s lifestyle


Eliud Kipchoge wins the Berlin Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Getty Images)
(FILE)Eliud Kipchoge wins the Berlin Marathon (PHOTO/IAAF/Getty Images)

In Summary

  • Grace Sugut, wife of heroic Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has for the first time opened up on the lifestyle of the star athlete, giving hints as to why the 33-year- old marathoner has remained at the peak of his career.
  • And in Berlin, miles away from Eldoret, Kipchoge said that he was elated with his feat. His stellar performance on the road saw him break the record by one minute and 39 seconds which was set by Dennis Kimetto four years ago.

Grace Sugut, wife of heroic Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has for the first time opened up on the lifestyle of the star athlete, giving hints as to why the 33-year- old marathoner has remained at the peak of his career.

Sugut who was among the thousands of athletics enthusiasts who followed the weekend race from giant screens mounted outside the county governor’s office in Eldoret, said that hard work, discipline and a healthy diet are some of the driving pillars in Kipchoge’s stellar career.

“I cook for him ugali and mursik and he loves roasted maize so much,”a brimming Grace said revealing the other unknown side of the athlete.

“One thing that has made Kipchoge who he is today is his humility.

“He greets everybody in the village; he doesn’t look like a person who thinks he made it in life. He looks like an ordinary person ,” concluded Sugut.

And in Berlin, miles away from Eldoret, Kipchoge said that he was elated with his feat. His stellar performance on the road saw him break the record by one minute and 39 seconds which was set by Dennis Kimetto four years ago.

“I am glad I have won this race again and more so to have broken the record. I was more than prepared. I knew I was going to win. I want to thank my family for praying and supporting me and all my fans who sat for two hours to watch me. You are all great,” the new record holder Kipchoge said.

Athletes who came together to watch Eliud on the giant screen outside the office of the governor organized by Uasin Gishu County Government together with Chamgei FM including  Geoffrey Kamworor, Moses Tanui, coach Richard Metto, Brimin Kipruto and Abel Kirui  hailed the all-conquering Kipchoge for his perfomance.

Representatives of Isuzu EA Ltd said they were proud to be associated with Kipchoge, who is their brand ambassador, adding that they’ll reward him an Isuzu Dmax (double cabin car) as a gift for breaking the word record.

“I am happy for Kipchoge. He made history by breaking the record. We have been expecting him to break this record for a long time and we were not hesitant about it for we knew one day he’ll do it,” Isuzu East Africa’s  Communication officer Duncan Muhindi said.

Courtesy of his huge victory that has now made him one of the most revered sportsmen in the world, Kipchoge is now Ksh 12 million rich; after claiming Ksh. 5 million for winning the race and Kshs. 7 million for breaking the world record.

 Collated Results

Top 25 Men’s Results

1 Kipchoge, Eliud (KEN) 2:01:39

2 Kipruto, Amos (KEN) 02:06:23

3 Kipsang, Wilson (KEN) 02:06:48

4 Nakamura, Shogo (JPN) 02:08:16

5 Tadese, Zersenay (ERI) 02:08:46

6 Sato, Yuki (JPN) 02:09:18

7 Tsegay, Okubay (ERI) 02:09:56

8 Uekado, Daisuke (JPN) 02:11:07

9 Canchanya, Wily (PER) 02:12:57

10 van Nunen, Bart (NED) 02:13:09

11 Da Silva, Wellington (BRA) 02:13:43

12 Da Silva Noronha, Vagner (BRA) 02:14:57

13 Cabada, Fernando (USA) 02:15:00

14 van Peborgh, Nick (BEL) 02:15:04

15 De Bock, Thomas (BEL) 02:15:19

16 Murayama, Kenta (JPN) 02:15:37

17 Martin, Brendan (USA) 02:16:26

18 Hicks, Malcolm (NZL) 02:16:28

19 Spence, Julian (AUS) 02:16:39

20 Martelletti, Paul (NZL) 02:17:29

21 Orta, Luis Alberto (VEN) 02:17:48

22 O’Hanlon, Gary (IRL) 02:19:06

23 Devos, Gerd (BEL) 02:19:14

24 Wuve, Berihun (ISR) 02:19:45

25 Threlfall, Brady (AUS) 02:19:53

 Top 25 Women

1 Cherono, Gladys (KEN) 02:18:11

2 Aga, Ruti (ETH) 02:18:34

3 Dibaba, Tirunesh (ETH) 02:18:55

4 Kiplagat, Edna (KEN) 02:21:18

5 Matsuda, Mizuki (JPN) 02:22:23

6 Tola, Helen (ETH) 02:22:48

7 Maeda, Honami (JPN) 02:25:23

8 Rocha, Carla Salome (POR) 02:25:27

9 Uehara, Miyuki (JPN) 02:25:46

10 Ohara, Rei (JPN) 02:27:29

11 Cliff, Rachel (CAN) 02:28:53

12 Tessier, Lyndsay (CAN) 02:30:47

13 Melchor, Ines (PER) 02:32:09

14 Deelstra, Andrea (NED) 02:32:41

15 Grunnagle, Dawn (USA) 02:34:56

16 Spencer, Emma (USA) 02:37:05

17 Jordan, Cristina (ESP) 02:37:14

18 Montrone, Teresa (ITA) 02:37:35

19 Phillips, Caitlin (USA) 02:37:48

20 Parlov, Matea (CRO) 02:38:05

21 Raby, Arianne (CAN) 02:39:37

22 Watkins, Catherine (CAN) 02:40:11

23 Cadicamo, Alexandra (USA) 02:40:37

24 Sawahata, Tomomi (JPN) 02:40:50

25 Davis, Stephanie (GBR) 02:41:33

 

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