He is touted as the greatest marathoner of the modern era. Behind his some contagious smile, is a man who has won 10 of the 11 marathons he has entered. And Eliud Kipchoge doesn’t just win marathons; he has been breaking world records in his wake. It did not come as a surprise when he was named the 2018 IAAF male athlete of the year. Kipchoge broke the world record in the 2018 Berlin Marathon with an impressive time of 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds, the greatest improvement since 1967.
Eliud Kipchoge Biography
The athlete was raised by a single parent. His mother was a teacher-little is known of his father. Kipchoge, who is the youngest in a family of four, sat for his O-levels at Kaptel Secondary School in 1999. His training started early, albeit inadvertently, as he had to run the two miles to school. It was not until 2001 that he met his trainer Patrick Sang. He was only 16 at the time. The world record holder is married to Grace Sugut and the couple is blessed with 3 children. He resides with his family in Eldoret, Kenya.
Notable races he has won
Races he has entered and his performance
Starting with his latest exploits in the Berlin Marathon, Eliud Kipchoge paycheque was US$50,000 (approximately kes5 million). And that was not all. He went ahead to pocket USD 69,0000 (Ksh7 million) for setting a the World Best time. Then Nike, his primary sponsor, awarded him some more money. Cumulatively his paycheque from the marathon was not less than Kes25 million.
How much has he made in the past marathons?
Let’s first take a look at how much marathoners take home after a big win. The prize money varies depending on the city:
Boston-winner gets US$150,000 (Kes15million)
New York-winner $130,000 (kes13million)
London-$55,000 (kes5.5 million)
Bonuses in London Marathon
In 2012 for example, athletes were eligible for an extra $100,000 for running under 2:05. A course record will earn you an additional $25,000 and $125 for a world record. Appearance fee for the big names is pegged at $250,000.
Course record in the Boston Marathon is $25,000 and $50,000 for world’s best.
Past winners get $200,000 for past winner and $60,000 for sub 2:05. Appearance fee is way above $200,000.
Prize money is $80,000
The Dubai Marathon is the most lucrative as winners are guaranteed $200,000 (kes20million) prize money and an additional bonus of $10,000 (Kes10million) for setting the World’s Best.
Going by his wins-10 wins in 11 marathons, Eliud Kipchoge easily ranks among the richest athletes in the world.
He entered the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 edition of the Berlin. He won three of the four races. In these four races he made over $200,000 (Kes20,000,000) exclusive of bonuses.
Entered the London Marathon and won on the three editions. He collected over $165000 (kes16.5 million) excluding bonuses for each win.
His earnings on the Berlin marathon was $45,152 (Sh45.5 million).
From his earning on and off track, Eliud Kipchoge estimated net worth can be upwards of $2.5 million.
To be updated
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