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World record holder Kelvin Kiptum


Kenyan Kelvin Kiptum has clearly beaten the marathon world record in Chicago and dethroned his compatriot Eliud Kipchoge. The 23-year-old ran in the US metropolis in 2:00:35 hours, 34 seconds faster than top star Kipchoge a year ago in Berlin.

This means that both marathon world records have been significantly beaten within 14 days. On September 24 in Berlin, Ethiopia's Tigist Assefa clocked 2:11:53 hours, more than two minutes below the previous mark set by Brigid Kosgei from Kenya (2:14:04).

For Kiptum, the result is the result of a steep ascent: it was only on December 4, 2022 that the new world record holder made his debut at the Valencia Marathon and won his first race there. Kiptum also won the London Marathon on April 23, 2023 with a course record.