Three days after he made history in Vienna, Austria, Kenya’s marathon icon Eliud Kipchoge is still a trending topic of discussion around the world, and more so, on social media platforms.
On Monday, Kenyans on Twitter came out in numbers to hail Kipchoge’s remarkable feat of human endurance through the hashtag #EliudTaughtMe.
With over 2700 tweets in just a few hours, inspired Twitter users listed some of the valuable lessons they learned as Kipchoge became the first human in recorded history to complete a marathon in under 2 hours.
Not even an article titled, The Greatest, Fakest World Record by Paul Bisceglio, an associate editor at The Atlantic, could stop Kenyans from appreciating what Kipchoge’s incredible achievement run means to them.
Below we have sampled some of the reactions on #EliudTaughtMe.
#EliudTaughtMe 3 keys to a decent life:
1. A life without purpose is not a life worth living. He found his in running I’m working on finding mine in Medicine.
2. Self-belief is a key pillar for success.
Thank you @EliudKipchoge
— Young Simba (@iiJstevoii) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe that sport can be used to sell a positive message to the whole world and have it stick in people’s minds.
— Komen S.K (@skkomen) October 14, 2019
— Hellen Odimo (@HellenOdimo) October 14, 2019
— Aseso (@Asessoh) October 14, 2019
Don’t be afraid of change. Eliud started out as a 5000 meters runner and even won a few medals. However, instead of staying in that lane and restricting himself he decided to take a risk and try marathon running which has brought him a lot more success.#EliudTaughtMe
— Kip-Embakasi Finest 🇰🇪 🐐. (@ThisIsMboya) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe that if you marry right ,you will be at peace. She will take care of your property,raise your children & still warm your bed, not these pizza eating bandits
— JOE (@josagana) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe the only thing that endures over time is the Law of the Farm. You must prepare the ground, plant the seed, cultivate, and water it if you expect to reap the harvest. pic.twitter.com/Ky0sMcL4sG
— Walker Rico 🇰🇪 (@RicoBaRico) October 14, 2019
— Reuben Ewoton💯🇰🇪 (@EwotonRueben) October 14, 2019
#eliudkipchoge159 exchanged pace setters like 5 times to get to his destination and realise his goal. Don’t be afraid of letting go of people who have served their part in your journey. Be bold to change teams and people to match your goals. #EliudTaughtMe
— JustSaying (@JustSpeakinOut) October 14, 2019
— Daniel Omondi 🇰🇪 (@omondii_) October 14, 2019
In life the likes of Clinton otieno are there and let’s not focus on them; the mathematics we learnt in school do not necessarily apply in real life and nature cannot make us think in the same direction alafu ya mwisho, who said africans cannot keep time?? #159#EliudTaughtMe pic.twitter.com/Rttg5oXpDV
— shadrack moses (@Shadrackmoses9) October 14, 2019
That no man is an island.
That no man stand alone.
That each every one need positive life pacemakers .
That choose your friends wisely to cheer you up in your victory.
That no one is limited!!
That i am not Limited
Good morning @Classic105Kenya
— Zeddy M’mitch (@MitchZeddy) October 14, 2019
— Ungovernable! (@GMONEYizME) October 14, 2019
2. It’s all in the mind
3. Hard work pays
4. The value of Teamwork
5. Remain humble always
6. Run your own race at your own pace
7. It’s not what my country can do for me but what I can do for my country
8. Just Do It
9. This list is endless
— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) October 14, 2019
It’s not always about the money. You should have fun no matter what you are doing. Enjoy what you are doing and leave the money attitude. Those who concentrate on just making money have little money.#EliudTaughtMe
— Hon Alinur Mohamed🇰🇪 (@HonAlinur) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe the 3Ps practically
— K.O.T G.O.A.T™🗯🇰🇪 (@ItsJohnMwendaH) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe that if you want to go far go with people. Do not be afraid of unchartered waters,any money making opportunity take it with both hands. Stick with your old friends coz they’re your best cheerleaders cc Bernad Kiplagat waving on his friend to victory pic.twitter.com/UwQh5OYoEL
— BUNGOMA FINEST (@Bungomafinest) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe that there is a fake Jimmy Wanjigi on twitter, the Real Jimmy Wanjigi has no twitter account. Thanks Eliud Kipchoge. Now I know.
— #eliud159 (@JOE_Omuto) October 14, 2019
Why are we waiting to ride on the success of our sportsmen?
Where are the stadia the govt. promised? Empty political promises?
Why aren’t our billionaires tapping sports like Sir Jim Ratcliffe?
What is Brand Kenya doing to market Kenya as an Athletics hub?
— Holy Dave (@holydave) October 14, 2019
— Mark Ronaldo Macharia 🇰🇪 (@RonaldoMacharia) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe that given a chance he can traverse the whole of Austria under 1hr 59mins without any means of transport
— 🇰🇪Kweyu Fred🇰🇪 aka DJ Kaliox (@KweyuF) October 14, 2019
— Gitau (@ItsGitaus) October 14, 2019
#EliudTaughtMe that no limitation is beyond human reach, all can be conquered.
Agnes Kagure Foundation bringing lessons from Eliud Kipchoge down to the hopeful young children at Mathare, on Saturday and encouraging the Girlchild that they too, can.#GirlsWithNoLimits pic.twitter.com/5d2svC20l8
— AKFO (@AgnesKagureFund) October 14, 2019
— Collins Ngetich🇰🇪 (@CollinsNgetich) October 14, 2019