Marathon enthusiasts and the sports world at large have been left puzzled by the conspicuous silence of marathon legend Eliud Kipchoge following Kelvin Kiptum’s astounding world record-breaking performance at the Chicago Marathon.
While the 23-year-old Kiptum stunned the world by shattering Kipchoge’s marathon world record, the reigning marathon maestro has yet to acknowledge the remarkable feat.
Kiptum’s extraordinary achievement unfolded at the Chicago Marathon, where he completed the grueling race in an unofficial time of 2 hours and 35 seconds.
This breathtaking performance eclipsed Kipchoge’s previous record set at the 2022 Berlin Marathon, where he had established himself as the world’s leading marathoner.
Despite accolades pouring in from notable figures, including President Ruto, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, and prominent athletes like Paul Tergat and Ferdinand Omanyala, Kipchoge’s silence has taken center stage in the marathon world.
Eliud Kipchoge, who made history in 2019 by becoming the first person to complete a marathon in under two hours, is celebrated globally for his exceptional prowess in the sport. However, his silence after Kiptum’s historic win raises questions and leaves fans wondering about the reasons behind his muted response.
In stark contrast to Kipchoge’s silence, the running legend’s social media accounts have remained inactive.
His last post, dated October 4, simply mentioned, “Enjoying my days off at home in Kenya.”
The absence of any acknowledgment or praise for Kiptum’s extraordinary achievement has not gone unnoticed in the athletics community.
Kiptum’s remarkable performance in Chicago solidified his status as a rising star in the marathon world. He secured his second marathon victory ever with a time of 2:01:25, coming within just 16 seconds of Kipchoge’s world record.
This feat was even more impressive considering the fierce competition he faced, including Belgium’s Bashir Abdi and Ethiopian Seifu Tura.
In the realm of sportsmanship, it is customary for athletes to acknowledge and congratulate fellow competitors on their achievements. Kipchoge’s silence, however, appears to diverge from this tradition and has become a topic of discussion and intrigue.