- Kenyan long-distance marathoner Eliud Kipchoge celebrates a triumphant victory at the Berlin Marathon
- The champion expressed his immense pride and joy on social media, reflecting on his journey from the beginning of his career
- He thanked the cheering crowd and described Berlin as his “special place,” highlighting the significance of this victory in his illustrious career
Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge has taken to social media to express his pride and joy after winning the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 24.
Kipchoge emerged as the winner in the just concluded Berlin Marathon for the fifth time in Germany after clocking 02:02:42.
On his Facebook page, the champion said winning the Berlin Marathon five times was a dream when he started his career.
“We have so much history together whereby I cannot put into words the feeling I get when running these streets. Thank you to all the fans out on the course today. I heard all of your cheers. You motivate me to keep pushing always. Berlin, my special place,” he said.
Who won 2023 Berlin Marathon?
Kipchoge has won the Berlin Marathon in 2023, 2022, 2017, 2018, and 2015.
His compatriot Vincent Kipkemboi, who is making his marathon debut, finished second in 2:03.13. Ethiopia’s Tadese Takele finished third in 2:03.24.
President William Ruto and other leaders trooped to their social media platforms to congratulate the victorious marathoner.
Kenyan leaders congratulate Kipchoge
Ruto lauded Kipchoge for his historic performance and for staging a golden long-distance race.
“The fifth masterful and historic performance in Berlin. Congratulations, our limitless star, Eliud Kipchoge, for your golden staging in the BMW,” Ruto said.
On his part, Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga described the marathoner as a skilled athlete who defended his reign in the Berlin Marathon.
“Once again, Eliud Kipchoge asserts his command and dominance, showcasing his exceptional skill and defending his title by securing victory in the Berlin Marathon for an unparalleled 5th time. Bravo! No Human Is Limited,” Raila said.
Similarly, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua said Kipchoge’s win cemented his special status in the marathon world.
“The marathon king has done it again. Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for winning the Berlin Marathon for the fifth time. Your win in this year’s edition cements your special status in the World of Marathon running,” Gachagua said.