World document holder Kelvin Kiptum reveals his subsequent marathon


It’s been nearly a month since Kenya’s Kelvin Kiptum surprised the world together with his record-breaking two-hour and 35-second marathon to win the Chicago Marathon, however the brand new world document holder is already waiting for chase that sub-two barrier in 2024.

It was introduced on Friday that Kiptum’s subsequent race would be the Rotterdam Marathon, on April 14, 2024. 

Kelvin Kiptum
Photograph: Kevin Morris

Many thought Kiptum would select to return to London to await choice from Crew Kenya for the Paris Olympic marathon in August, or possibly purpose for the document of turning into the primary man to run sub-two in Berlin in September.

Why Rotterdam?

Though Rotterdam isn’t one of many Abbott World Marathon Majors, the course is understood to be flat and quick. The course document is held by Belgium marathoner Bashir Abdi (2:03:36), set in 2021 solely three months earlier than he gained bronze within the marathon on the Tokyo Olympic Video games. Kiptum might be desperate to decrease Abdi’s course document and to present the two-hour barrier a shot.

There are various explanation why Rotterdam is the proper match for Kiptum, as an alternative of returning to London to defend his 2023 title. Rotterdam is one week sooner than London, which might give him, ideally, 16 weeks to get well and prepare for the Olympic marathon, as an alternative of a tighter 15-week turnaround.

The Rotterdam course is flatter, with round 100m in elevation acquire, versus London’s 145m. Kiptum’s supervisor, Belgium’s Marc Corstjens, can be in control of placing collectively the elite subject in Rotterdam, which this 12 months will entice high expertise chasing the boys’s Olympic qualification normal of two:08:10. And it simply occurs to be two and a half weeks earlier than the Olympic qualification window closes.

A star within the making

Twelve months in the past, the operating world had no concept who Kiptum was. Then he made his jaw-dropping debut on the 2022 Valencia Marathon, with a lightning-fast time of two:01:53–the third-fastest marathon in historical past and the quickest debut of all time.

He continued his profitable streak in April on the 2023 London Marathon, reducing his private finest to 2:01:25 and breaking Eliud Kipchoge’s course document by greater than a minute.

Kelvin Kiptum
Photograph: Kevin Morris

It was in Chicago the place Kiptum etched his identify within the historical past books, clocking 2:00:35 to interrupt Kipchoge’s world marathon document of two:01:09, in solely his third try on the distance.

Kipchoge has been the one man to run underneath the two-hour barrier, however he did so underneath perfect situations, with quite a few pacers, in a non-sanctioned race. Rotterdam will current a possibility for Kiptum to interrupt a barrier that, till lately, the athletics world thought was unbreachable.


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