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Marko Cheseto Lemtukei for Sets New Marathon World Record

Congratulations to Ambassador Marko Cheseto Lemtukei, who just set a new World Record in the Marathon for bilateral amputee athletes. Cheseto completed the 2019 Boston Marathon last week in 2:42:33.

Marko Cheseto Lemtukei

Born and raised in Kapenguria, Kenya, Cheseto came to the U.S. on an athletic scholarship at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. There, he set several collegiate track and field records before losing both legs below-the-knee in 2011, due to an accident that resulted in severe frostbite.

Just 18 months after undergoing his double amputation, Cheseto received a pair of Össur Flex-Run with Nike sole running blades as a grant from Össur and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, and he’s never looked back. Now in his mid-30s and a father to three daughters, he’s focused on continuing to improve his times, with a goal of completing a Marathon under two hours.

“Össur has helped me regain my confidence and live a life without limitations,” Cheseto says. “No matter what a person wants to accomplish, it’s important to have mental preparedness and acknowledge that limb loss is not an excuse to stop trying.”