After his record-breaking time in Vienna, marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been equated to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 34-year old long-distance runner became the first athlete ever to cover the 42-kilometer race in under two hours after clocking one hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds in the INEOS159 challenge on Saturday morning in Vienna Austria.
Many had predicted that the Nandi county born athlete would break his own record of 2:00:25 and in the process became a marathon record holder. Many have taken to social media to praise the athlete for flagging the Kenyan and African flag high.
Some fans have gone a notch higher, equating the athlete to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are labeled the best footballers of all time. According to Netizens, Kipchoge is the ‘GOAT’ in athletics and want him recognized in the same way as the two football superstars.
— Florian Musau (@FlorianMusau) October 12, 2019
As America has Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eruope has Leonel Messi and Portugal has Christiano Ronaldo, Africa brings Eliud Kipchoge to the world… undoubtedly The Greatest of all time #Eliud159 #eliudkipchoge #NoHumanIsLimited pic.twitter.com/VD4CvM97aK
— St. Crispus 🌠 (@CrisOwere) October 12, 2019
Argentina has Messi
Portugal has Ronaldo
Kenya has KIPCHOGE 👌👌
— VOLCHA HENDRIXX (@VolchaHendrixx) October 12, 2019
— Willing Buyer: (@amsikika) October 12, 2019
I’m waiting for Ronaldo and Messi to congratulate the GOAT Eliud Kipchoge ama niache kuwaita GOATs 🙄🙄😂😂
— ★AUDREY★ (@dree_audrey) October 12, 2019
Time to update our list of GOATs:
Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Pele, Lionel Messi, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, Tupac, Serena Williams, Muhammad Ali, Tiger Woods.. Now enter Eliud Kipchoge 🔥 #Eliud159 #INEOS159
— Fidel Makori (@FidelMakori) October 12, 2019
I've lived to see Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. I've lived to see Roger Federer and Serena Williams. I've lived to see Tiger Woods. I've lived to see Muhammad Ali. I've seen Usain Bolt. I've seen LeBron James.
I've lived to see Eliud Kipchoge!
— BillionDollarBaby (@claivewafula) October 12, 2019
There’s Messi and Ronaldo
And then there’s Eliud and Kipchoge
Greatest Athlete of all time#Eliud159
— Paragraph Phones (@MKiambati) October 12, 2019
Who is the real GOAT?
Rt for Messi
— Daisy (@Daisy_Stubborn) October 12, 2019
There are ONLY TWO GOATs in this world.
Lionel Messi and Eliud Kipchoge
— Mamacita (@Mercymutai_) October 12, 2019
I have witnessed
— Live from INOES (@wanpablo_j) October 12, 2019