Chicago Marathon: Kelvin Kiptum runs for a world record

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In only his third marathon, Kiptum sets a world record

Status: 09.10.2023 | Reading time: 2 minutes

Disbelieving at the finish: Kelvin Kiptum set a world record in Chicago


Kelvin Kiptum becomes the new world record holder after a phenomenal marathon run in Chicago. The 23-year-old has little experience over this distance. Now the two-hour sound barrier is crumbling.

Kelvin Kiptum won the Chicago Marathon in a world record time. The 23-year-old Kenyan won on Sunday in 2:00:35 hours, well below the previous record. He was also the first person to run an official marathon under 2:01:00 hours.

The previous world record holder Eliud Kipchoge needed 2:01:09 hours to complete the 42.195 kilometer route in Berlin last year. This year, the 38-year-old Kipchoge won again in Berlin, but was clearly below his peak time. Kiptum, who had already approached the world record in London, was only competing in his third marathon.

“I knew I was going for a course record – but a world record? I’m so happy,” said Kiptum, who cheered enthusiastically and gave hand kisses to the fans in the last few meters. “I wasn’t thinking about a world record today, but I knew that one day I would be a world record holder.”

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In Valencia in December 2022, Kiptum conjured up an unofficial debut world record of 2:01:53 hours, then he sensationally won the London Marathon in 2:01:25 hours and came within 16 seconds of the Berlin time Kipchoge approaches. The miracle runner had already announced back then that he wanted to challenge the world record. Now he has already reached the peak of his young marathon career.

Reaching the finish line early: Kelvin Kiptum was the first person to run under 2:01 hours

Quelle: Getty Images via AFP/MICHAEL REAVES

After Kiptum’s phenomenal performance, both marathon world records fell within two weeks. A fortnight ago, the Ethiopian Tigst Assefa ran to a fabulous women’s world record on the course in Berlin. The 29-year-old needed 2:11:53 hours to complete the fast course in the German capital, more than two minutes below the previous record.

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In Chicago, Kiptum, who needed 1:00:48 hours to complete the first half of the route, gave the competition no chance. His compatriot Benson Kipruto crossed the finish line in 2:04:02 hours – a whopping 3:27 minutes behind the celebrated winner. The Belgian Bashir Abdi came third (+3:57 minutes).

A photo for the history books: Kelvin Kiptum


In the women’s race, Sifan Hassan from the Netherlands also won in a top time. In 2:13:44 hours, the 30-year-old set a new course record for Chicago and impressed with the second fastest time ever for women. Like Kiptum, Hassan is also a marathon beginner; for her, the appearance in the USA was only her second official run over this distance.


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