Legendary Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge’s wife has revealed how she fasted as the husband took to the streets of Berlin, Germany to conquer his own world record.
In an interview with a local daily, Grace Sugut Kipchoge revealed how she fasted for seven days and prayed for a miracle to happen to her husband in the 2022 Berlin Marathon.
Grace further reveals how his prayers were answered as the two-time Olympic’s marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge, who broke his own world record over the distance yesterday.
She took the opportunity to congratulate her husband and could not hide her joy that her husband had lowered his own world record.
“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’m happy that victory has come home,” she said in an interview with a local daily.
Grace further revealed that she watched the Berlin Marathon live on TV race with her children and other relatives from their home in Elgon View estate in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county.
She also said that their children (Lynn, Griffin and Gordon) were happy to see their father running well, something which has motivated them to continue working hard as they seek to become world beaters in the near future.
President William Ruto led the world in paying tribute to Kipchoge following his impressive performance.
Ruto termed Kipchoge as the greatest of all time in the marathon race after his heroics in Berlin for the fourth time in his magnificent career.
“The greatest has done it again; breaking the world record! Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for winning the Berlin Marathon for the fourth time. You are truly the King of the Marathon,” Ruto said.
Former Harambee Stars talisman Dennis Oliech also joined in congratulating Kipchoge terming him a great patriot to the upcoming
“I join my fellow Kenyans in congratulating the best marathoner ever, son of the soil, a great patriot for breaking the world record once more. Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge,” Oliech said.
Additionally, the First Lady Rachel Ruto, Athletics Kenya president Jack Tuwei and a horde of sports celebrities including World record holder in 10,000m and 5,000m record holder Joshua Cheptegei and footballer Victor Wanyama also congratulate her.
Politicians led by Raila Odinga, Martha Karua, Hassan Joho, Musalia Mudavadi, also lauded the Kenyan athletes.
A fortnight ago, Kipchoge broke his own marathon world record with Mark Korir and Rosemary Wanjiru finishing second in the men’s and women’s races respectively.
The 37-year-old legendary marathoner shaved off his own world record by a massive 30 seconds to clinch his fourth Berlin Marathon title.
Kipchoge edged out fellow country man Mark Korir, who finished second in 2:05:58 as Wanjiru ran the second-fastest women’s marathon debut in history, clocking 2:18:00 to finish second behind Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa, who ran the third-fastest time in history and course record of 2:15:37.