Eliud Kipchoge’s Olympic Edge: Unveiling His Hidden Motivation

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– Eliud Kipchoge aims for a historic third Olympic win.

– Finds inspiration in “Choosing Me” by Toby Wise.

– Embraces “No Human is Limited” mantra.

– Advocates for joint training sessions.

Renowned athlete Eliud Kipchoge is driven by an unyielding thirst for excellence. Even after clinching two consecutive Olympic marathon victories, his hunger for achievement remains insatiable.

As he gears up for the 2024 Paris Olympics in August, aiming for an unprecedented third consecutive win, Kipchoge draws inspiration from two key sources: his avid reading habit and his mantra, “No Human is Limited.”

Kipchoge Reveals Secret

In a recent meeting with officials from Athletics Kenya (AK) and the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K), Kipchoge shared his enthusiasm for Toby Wise’s book, “Choosing Me.” He praised its insightful content, relatable examples, and practical exercises designed to foster self-awareness and personal growth. Wise, the author of “Choosing Me,” has penned other works including “Chasing Magic” and “Watching Me.”

“I am delving into ‘Choosing Me’ to explore my identity and gain a deeper understanding of human nature,” remarked Kipchoge during the gathering.

Expressing confidence in his preparations for the upcoming Olympics, Kipchoge emphasized the enduring significance of his “No Human is Limited” ethos, which continues to fuel his drive for success.

“Our endeavor is to transcend limitations,” he asserted.

Welcomes Joint Training Sessions

Kipchoge also welcomed the proposal for joint training sessions among the marathon team members, viewing it as an opportunity to strengthen team cohesion and solidarity.

“The collaboration will solidify our bond and fortify the team,” he affirmed.

Reflecting on the journey ahead, Kipchoge emphasized the importance of adapting to new training methods and approaches.

“As we march towards Paris, it’s crucial to embrace novelty in our preparations,” he remarked.

Peres Jepchirchir Preaches Unity

Echoing Kipchoge’s sentiments, Peres Jepchirchir, the reigning Tokyo Marathon champion, stressed the significance of team unity, suggesting that fostering a sense of camaraderie should commence domestically in Kenya.

“Our unity as a team begins at home,” she emphasized.

Kipchoge Struggles

In May, Kipchoge struggled to a 10th place finish at the 2024 Tokyo Marathon behind winner Kipruto (2:02:16) and Kiplagat (2:02:55).

The race was taking place less than a month after world record-holder Kelvin Kiptum died when his car crashed into a tree in Kenya.

The women’s squad saw the inclusion of Jepchirchir and Olympics silver medallist Brigid Kosgei.

Others are the reigning Boston and Chicago marathon champion Helen Obiri, Rosemary Wanjiru, Sharon Lokedi and the 2019 World champion Ruth Chepngetich.

As preparations intensify, AK and NOC-K officials expressed confidence in the readiness of the marathon team for the Paris Olympics. Deputy Chef de Mission Barnaba Korir highlighted the value of joint training in bolstering team morale, with coaches organizing rigorous long-distance runs to optimize performance.

“In unity lies our strength,” affirmed Korir, underscoring the importance of solidarity among the marathoners.

With their sights set on glory, Kipchoge, Jepchirchir, and their fellow athletes stand poised to showcase Kenya’s athletic prowess on the global stage, guided by their unwavering determination and collective spirit.

Provisional Kenyan Olympic marathon squad:


Eliud Kipchoge, Vincent Kipkemoi Ngetich, Timothy Kiplagat, Benson Kipruto, Alexander Mutiso.


Ruth Chepngetich, Brigid Kosgei, Helen Obiri, Rosemary Wanjiru, Sharon Lokedi, Peres Jepchirchir.

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