London Marathon Silver medalist Vincent Kipchumba could be the next road king?
Vincent Kipchumba, who finished second at the 40th London Marathon, on Sunday has come a long way.
While a young boy at Chepkatet village, near Eldoret International Airport, Kipchumba could see aircraft take off and land at the airport. He harboured a lofty dream: that one day he would board a plane and enjoy the feel of air travel. It came to pass.
On Sunday, the athletics world had placed their bets on world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge but Kipchumba surprised everyone as he settled for second spot at the London Marathon behind Ethiopia’s Chura Kitata.
Everyone was expecting Kipchoge to easily win the race, but after his loss, many Kenyans are of the idea that Kipchumba coud be the next big thing.
Yesterday at Chepkatet village, Kipchumba was still revelling on his achievement.
At his home which is located about 700m off the Eldoret-Kapsabet road, his relatives and neighbours gathered to welcome him back and wish him well in future races in the hope that he can be the next Kipchoge.
Kipchumba revealed an arduous athletics journey that almost propelled him to a win in his debut at the World Marathon Majors. What he did in London was not shocking to those who know him well.
It is a journey that started in 2011, when he was 21.
“After several years of yearning to run a marathon, I decided to bite the bullet. It has never been easy. I ran my debut at the Family Bank Half Marathon in Eldoret in 2013 and finished 12th. I continued with my training despite the poor performance,” said Kipchumba.
Kipchumba, a father of two – a daughter and a son – ran his first international in Dresden (Germany) in 2015 where he was second in 2:15:22.
He later returned to the German town in 2016 and improved his time by four minutes, from 2:15:22 to 02:10:32.
As he started off his career, Kipchumba trained in Kaptagat where his mentor 2010 world half marathon champion Wilson Kiprop also trained.
He currently trains in Kapsabet under coach Claudio Berardelli.
posted Thursday October 8th
by Stephen Rutto and Jonathan Komen