The 28-year-old ran the race of his life yesterday.
Before last weekend’s Eindhoven Marathon, the media guide hinted that Jafred Chirchir Kipchumba of Kenya was “very talented but he has never found a very fast course.”
Well, he finally found it.
Yesterday, Kipchumba clocked 2:05:48 in the Dutch city. Equally impressive was his second half, which he ran in 1:02:35. His time is the tenth-fastest in the world this year. Eindhoven is now one of only five marathons this year to have a winning time under 2:06.
“I train with [the 2011 Boston Marathon winner and the fastest marathon man in the world] Geoffrey Mutai who won here in 2008 and 2009,” Kipchumba said afterwards. “He told me what a nice course it was in Eindhoven, how fast and flat it was.”
Kipchumba went on to add that he didn’t expect to run as fast as he did. “However, Mutai has been very strong in training so I thought I was only thinking about running 2:07. I was not confident I was going to run faster.”
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