Barack Obama congratulates Eluid Kipchoge

By Mkarimu Media

Former United States President Barack Obama on Sunday 13 October congratulated Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge after he became the first man to run a marathon under two hours.

In his tweet, Barack described Eliud as a ‘remarkable example of humanity’s ability to endure’ after the historic run.

Through his twitter account, the former President whose roots are in Kenya applauded Kipchoge, mentioning his ability to endure and raise the bar setting high standards for humanity.

“Yesterday, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge became the first ever to break two hours. Today in Chicago, Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record. Staggering achievements on their own, they’re also remarkable examples of humanity’s ability to endure—and keep raising the bar,” Obama said in a tweet.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei also broke the Women’s World Record at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday 13 October.

Kosgei earned the world record in a blistering time of 2:14: 04 smashing Great Britain’s Paula Radcliff record set in 2003.

Brigid Kosgei 

Eliud entered the Guinness book of records on Saturday October 12 after he completed the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in 1:59.40.2, in Vienna, Austria.

Kipchoge attempted to break the two-hour barrier in May 2017 but failed, completing the marathon in 2hr 00min 25 secs.

“I’m feeling good, the first man to run the marathon under two hours and hopefully this inspires mankind,” Kipchoge said.