Film Review – Kipchoge: The Last Milestone

Eliud Kipchoge

As homo sapiens we seem motivated to incessantly push the limits of our own bodies. There’s a relentless desire to run faster or for longer, jump higher or further, throw harder or with more accuracy. What would have originally been necessitated by our needs as hunter gatherers to eat or survive is now replaced by an innate desire which drives us forward. There’s a whole body of science which surrounds human performance, using cutting edge technology to constantly make improvements.

Every so often an athlete comes along who is head and shoulders above the competition. Despite his diminutive stature, Eliud Kipchoge is a giant of his sport. As the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, he’s won every accolade possible, from an Olympic gold to all the major marathons, holding the world record which he smashed in 2018. No man has ever run a marathon under two hours though. This is the challenge in Kipchoge: The Last Milestone.

Kipchoge: The Last Milestone is a fascinating journey following a man fully-focussed on one goal and the huge support team dedicated to making it all possible. Indeed, it’s the behind-the-scenes elements of Jake Scott’s documentary which makes it such an interesting film. The sheer amount of work and effort by so many talented individuals in undeniably impressive, but despite all this Kipchoge: The Last Milestone is about the persistence and unshakable self-belief of a truly extraordinary athlete.

Kipchoge: The Last Milestone is released digitally on 23 August.

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