Wife of Berlin Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge expected him to win but not to break the world record.
Speaking in Eliud Kipchoge’s hometown in Eldoret, Grace Sugut said that hard work, discipline, and a healthy diet are some of the driving pillars in her husband’s stellar career.
“First of all, I want to congratulate my husband for winning the Berlin Marathon and also God for enabling him to win. I knew he could win but not breaking the world record,” a brimming Grace said.
Sugut who was among the thousands of locals who followed the weekend race from giant screens mounted outside the county governor’s office in Eldoret, noted that Kipchoge is a humble and quiet man who takes his training seriously and treats everyone equally.
“He always wakes up early every morning for training and it’s through the hard work that he has emerged the winner,” she said.
“One thing that has made Kipchoge who he is today is his humility.”
“He greets everybody in the village; he doesn’t look like a person who thinks he made it in life. He looks like an ordinary person ,” Sugut added.
She further revealed the kind of food Eliud Kipchoge likes to eat saying: “I cook for him ugali and mursik and he loves roasted maize so much.”
In April, as Eliud Kipchoge tackled the London Marathon, Sugut said that her husband would one day break the record.
“I am very hopeful that my husband will break the world record before hanging his spikes. He even called me this morning before taking on the world and told me never to worry since he was going to win,” said Sugut.
“The way he runs, he motivates and makes everyone happy. With that he has what it takes to become the best marathon of all time,” added Sugut.
Eliud Kipchoge clocked 2.01.39 to set a new world record that was previously held by another Kenyan, Dennis Kimeto.
“I am glad I have won this race again and more so to have broken the record. I was more than prepared. I knew I was going to win. I want to thank my family for praying and supporting me and all my fans who sat for two hours to watch me. You are all great,” the new record holder Kipchoge said.
Following the huge win, Kipchoge is now at least Sh12 Million richer after claiming Sh5 million for winning the race and Sh7 million for breaking the world record.
The amount is projected to grow significantly to over Sh50 million in endorsements.