Power of the Pivot
On 12th October 2019 the world celebrated the remarkable achievement made by Eliud Kipchoge in Vienna, Austria. The Kenyan marathon runner became the first person ever to run a marathon in under 2 hours.
Like many people, I was in awe of this historic achievement and I combed the web to find out more about this remarkable man and his achievements.
One thing stood out for me above all else: the power of the pivot.
Kipchoge began his running career as a track athlete. His most distinguished achievements included winning the 5000 meter bronze and silver medals at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, respectively.
Then he hit an obstacle: he failed to qualify for the Kenyan team for the 2012 Olympic Games! That was a decisive moment for Kipchoge, one that would ultimately lead to the historic achievement in Vienna.
Instead of continuing as a track athlete, Kipchoge made the decision to rather switch his focus to marathon running. The rest is literally history!
Since making that powerful pivot, Kipchoge has gone on to dominate the sport, becoming undoubtedly the greatest marathon runner of all time. And now, with his groundbreaking time of 1:59:40, he has not only gained glory for himself but also elevated the entire sport to a new level, much as Roger Bannister did when he broke the 4-minute mile barrier in 1954.
From failing to make the Olympic track team to having his name in the history books and on the lips of millions of people around the world. Yes, Eliud Kipchoge has shown the world that indeed “no human is limited”. What he’s also shown is what’s possible when we have the courage to pursue new dreams.