Track & Field

The JTG Finish Line: With Eliud Kipchoge

KipchogeEliud Kipchoge is better known these days as one of the world’s fastest marathoners boasting a personal best of 2:04:05 and winning four major marathons since 2013 – Hamburg (2013), Rotterdam (2014), Chicago (2014) and London (2015). In his previous life on the track he was one hell of an athlete too. And he’s still only 30 years old. Kenyan Kipchoge  runs for Nike and is also supported by sports nutrition company ETTIX.

Check out his incredible list of achievements to the right, and his thoughts on life as an athlete below.

 

 

 

The best thing about being an athlete is…

The best thing about being an athlete is being healthy and meeting many high profile people in sport and business.

I realised I wanted to be an athlete when…

During my school years when I always finished first in races.

My best friend in athletics is…

My best friend in athletics is Brimin Kipruto.

In my free time I like to…

In my free time I like to read motivational books and business books.

If I wasn’t an athlete I would be…

If I wasn’t an athlete I would be a manager in a company.

When I stand on the start-line before a race I’m thinking…

When I stand on a start-line i am always nervous, and thinking about being ready to go once the gun fires.

My dream goal in athletics is…

My dream is to be the World record holder and to win Olympic gold.

One change I would make to the sport is…

One change I would make is to educate the public about the sport. Also to make the kids aware that taking part in sport is healthy and that their health is their wealth.

My dream training partner would be…

My dream training partner is Usain Bolt. I would like to jog with him one day.

The best piece of coaching advice i have ever received is…

The best coaching advice I have ever received is that preparation and good planning is ideal in sport. Also that being self-disciplined is a recipe for success.

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Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell

Gerard O'Donnell is an athlete, physical therapist, and MSc student. He is current national 110m hurdles champion and ranks 3rd & 5th on the Irish all-time list for the sprint hurdles events. He is occasionally referred to as GOD, not due to his initials, but because of his heavenly beard, which he has sported since the age of 5.

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