Eliud Kipchoge: How fasting and prayer brought home world marathon record

Eliud Kipchoge: How fasting and prayer brought home world marathon record

By Peter Ochieng

A 7-day-fasting and prayer session played a key role in Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge breaking his own world marathon record in Berlin, Germany on Sunday.

Kipchoge reached the finish line in a time of 2:01:09, lowering the record he set at the Berlin marathon in 2018 with 39 seconds.

“Records are there to be broken by you and me,” Kipchoge tweeted after the race.

He said there’s a possibility of bringing the time further down in the future.

Reacting to Kipchoge’s new record, his wife Grace Sugut Kipchoge said she took time to fast and pray for 7 days, so that her husband could break the world marathon record.

She said she is happy that her prayers were answered.

“I congratulate my husband for again making history by lowering his world record time. I was in prayer mood for the last one week and I fasted for a miracle to happen. I am happy that the victory has come home,” she said, as quoted by Nation Sport.

The 37-year-old Kipchoge is expected to receive Sh13.9 million categorized as such: Sh3 million for winning the race, Sh6.8 million for breaking the world record and Sh4.1 million for the time bonus.

The father of three is a two-time Olympic marathon champion, in 2016 and 2020.
His Sunday win becomes the fourth Berlin marathon triumph after achievements in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

He has also won the London marathon four times in 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019, the Chicago marathon in 2014 and Tokyo marathon in 2021.

Kipchoge is widely considered as the greatest marathon runner and one of the most accomplished sportsmen to have ever lived.

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