Kenya came to a standstill as Eliud Kipchoge crossed the finish line to win the Ineos 1.59 in Vienna, Austria.
Kipchoge recorded a time of 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds to emphatically prove his mantra that No Human is Limited.
Huge crowds that had come out to cheer him on across different counties went wild in celebration of Kipchoge’s monumental achievement.
The athlete who hails from Nandi County excited his fans who thronged various social places in Eldoret town to follow the live event.
At the Clique Lounge, Isuzu hosted a similar event where they paraded a brand new Isuzu single cab Dmax that they will gift Kipchoge once he returns to the country.
Speaking at the venue, middle distance runner Brimin Kipruto a close ally of Kipchoge whom they also train together said that the new champion has his own style of running and training.
Eldoret residents expressed joy following the historic event. The main highway was locked down outside the transnational bank and Uasin Gishu County Hospital.
Traffic was brought to a standstill as no vehicle could access some of the roads.
The marathoner was not celebrated in Kenya alone but the world over.
Vienna too came out to witness history being made with thousands of spectators lining the course to support Kipchoge and his team of 41 pacemakers, featuring some of the best middle and long-distance runners on the planet.
Kipchoge ran a consistent pace set by the electric timing car and the pacemakers of 2:50min/KM throughout the race with every single KM split being between 2:48min/KM – 2:52min/KM.
Kenyans from all walks of life could not remain calm as they took to social media to celebrate their hero with heartfelt congratulatory messages.
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) October 12, 2019
Last but not least, I thank all Kenyans for the overwhelming support, goodwill and sense of patriotism they demonstrated as corporates and as individuals. Mungu awabariki sana. Truly honoured to serve you. #TwendeKazi pic.twitter.com/7dSC6vQxPv
— AMB.(Dr.) Amina C. Mohamed (@AMB_A_Mohammed) October 12, 2019
Hongera @EliudKipchoge for making us proud as a nation and for making history in the marathon world.
Your focus and determination will inspire many people to see beyond their limits and achieve greater things! Proudly Kenyan!#Eliud159 pic.twitter.com/6hL6Z9PuDI
— Amason J.Kingi, EGH. (@governorkingi) October 12, 2019
— Solomon Mugera (@smugera) October 12, 2019
— Mullah ?%???? (@mwaura24) October 12, 2019