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How Eliud Kipchoge prepares youngster Daniel Mateiko for marathon glory

By Vaseline May26,2024

Daniel Mateiko was inspired by training with his mentor, five-time Berlin Marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge.

Reigning Ras Al Khaimah half marathon champion Daniel Mateiko has told how Eliud Kipchoge played a huge role in his burgeoning career.

Mateiko trains with Kipchoge at the Global Sports Communication training camp in Kaptagat and he noted that the former marathon world record holder also serves as his mentor.

Kipchoge has cemented his place as one of the world’s greatest marathoners and he is preparing young Mateiko for greatness.

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He will compete in the 10,000 meters at the Prefontaine Classic, an event that doubles as the Kenyan Trials, with the aim of making the Olympic distance team.

“Here we have a good system, good management and coaches. The team is also good and that also motivates. Someone like Eliud has played a crucial role in my athletics career.

“I am in the right place, training with my mentor (Kipchoge), he trains me physically but also mentally to deal with the challenges of the sport. He teaches me a lot.

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“He teaches me that sports are not about today, but what you do today will determine what you will be tomorrow and in the future.” he told Olympics.com.

The 25-year-old made his full marathon debut at the 2023 Chicago Marathon and what cost him was the lack of experience as he stuck with the late Kelvin Kiptum, who was experienced at the time, and ultimately burned out.

Kiptum continued and broke the world record, clocking 2:00:35 to cross the finish line, breaking Kipchoge’s world record time of 2:01:09. Mateiko then took part in his second marathon at the London Marathon, where he failed to finish the race.

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“After Chicago I learned a lot, especially about failure. Kiptum was the strongest that day and that’s how sport is. Even though I didn’t achieve anything in Chicago, but Kiptum broke the world record, I was happy because I had contributed (somehow) to that fast performance, because I was only aiming for a personal best, even though I that was not achieved.

“I’m still young, my marathon journey has only just begun… All this is part of my learning process, the more I fail, the more hungry I am to do well in the future. I still have a lot of years to go, so these are all stepping stones. Now I fail, but tomorrow is another day I have to achieve,” he said.

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