Sporting Life

World-record marathoner Eliud Kipchoge is an inspiring mix of heart and science

Eliud Kipchoge is always welcome to Singapore but he is forbidden from running on our footpaths. It would be illegal. The speed limit for personal mobility devices is 10kmh and this two-footed Kenyan vehicle was last seen moving at an average of 21kmh for an entire marathon. This man does not appreciate human rules.

Kipchoge's breaking of the two-hour barrier on Saturday - 1hr 59min 40sec to be precise - is variously seen as a gimmick and monumental. I lean towards the latter because he was so fast that he moved me. He averaged 2:50 a kilometre over 42km - can you do it for 1km? - and I was so bemused that I texted a pretty fast fellow called Soh Rui Yong.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 15, 2019, with the headline 'Eliud an inspiring mix of heart and science'. Print Edition | Subscribe