Get this guy a watch sponsor.
The world’s greatest men’s marathoner, Eliud Kipchoge, interestingly appears to be a fan of a watch designed for triathletes.
Which model exactly? The Garmin Forerunner 920XT, a multi-sport GPS watch, popularly used by swim-cycle-run specialists. So, even the Olympic marathon champion likes to track his distance and pace while training. Plus, he sports it in public too.
Kipchoge showed off the wrist piece during several public appearances in Nairobi after signing a deal with automobile manufacturer Isuzu. The 32-year-old signed a one-year renewable deal as a brand ambassador worth a reported $70,000 (7 million Kenyan Shilling) in cash and an Isuzu D-Max Double Cab for “training and personal use,” according to Kenya-based Capital FM. If he sets the men’s world record in the marathon in the next year, Kipchoge will receive a D-Max Luxury Double Cab, worth an estimated $69,000 (5.9 million Kenyan Shilling), as a performance-based bonus.
“This is a great endorsement for me coming two weeks to the race in Berlin,” Kipchoge says. “It will push me to go out there and perform well. I think it is time athletes and corporates engage more because I believe it is a win-win situation for both.”
— Isuzu Kenya (@IsuzuKenya) September 13, 2017
— Ministry of Sports (@moscakenya) September 14, 2017
Kipchoge is slated to go head-to-head with Wilson Kipsang, the former marathon world record holder and Kenenisa Bekele, the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder, at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 24 in what has been deemed a world record attempt in the German capital. Dennis Kimetto holds the current world record of 2:02:57. Kipchoge ran 2:00:25 at Nike’s Breaking2 non-record-eligible sub-two-hour marathon attempt in Monza, Italy back in May. Kipchoge chose to forgo racing August’s IAAF World Championships in London to instead run Berlin, a historically fast marathon course, home to multiple world record-setting performances.
The Kenyan has won eight of the nine marathons he’s ever run and has never finished worse than runner-up. His major victories include London, Chicago, Berlin and the Rio Olympics.