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Grace Sugutt: The supportive woman behind Eliud Kipchoge's world records

A famous adage says that behind every successful man is a strong woman. While every fan is excited to see the various athletes perform what they do best, many people are also curious about their personal lives.

In Europe, athletes live lavishly with their wives and girlfriends living. From the likes of David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina to Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, these athletes are always the talk of town every time they step out in public.

In Kenya, it's quite the opposite as majority of our athletes keep their family affairs away from the public eye. A few individuals are always proud to share their relationships with their fans. Take Eliud Kipchoge for in stance. The two-time Olympic marathon champion broke the World Record in Marathon after setting a new record on Sunday September 25 in Germany. He won the race in 2:01:09 over the gruelling 26.2 miles to set a new record at the Berlin Marathon In the process, breaking his own record he set four years ago at the same course.  

For a man whose humility is as legendary as his athletic prowess, it is almost ironic that Eliud Kipchoge cannot outrun the limelight. The first human to ever run the marathon distance under two hours, it is interesting how the star slunk back home with pint-size applause.

Those who know him attribute his success to a strong family grounding although they prefer to keep a low profile – always standing aside to let his star shine. In the case of his wife, Grace Sugutt, not much is known about her, other than the intricate details revealed either by Kipchoge himself or brief media interviews.

Her moment of fame came when she rushed to her husband, minutes after he broke the Ineos 1:59 challenge in October 2019 – a proud moment for the two. Sugut met Eliud when she was 19 years old and they have three children together.

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