Less is known about the men and women in the lives of our world-beating athletes and as Joel Omotto found out, some are athletics couples who run together or one is the coach pushing the other.
1. Mary Keitany and Charles Koech
Mary Keitany and Charles Koech tied the knot in a colourful wedding on New Year’s Eve in 2011 and the two are blessed with two children, son Jared and daughter Samantha. Although Koech did not become successful as an athlete, he has played a major role in making his wife one of the best long distance runners of all time.
While the three-time London Marathon winner has ruled the world, Koech—who coaches her—has always been by her side and often travels to wherever she goes to run. That partnership has so far yielded three New York marathon titles and multiple Half marathon victories including a world record.