18 October 2019
Össur congratulates Ambassador Marko Cheseto Lemtukei, who broke his own World Record in the Marathon for bilateral amputee athletes at the 2019 Chicago Marathon. His finish time of 2:37:23 was a full five minutes faster than the World Record he had previously set at the 2019 Boston Marathon, which was 2:42:24.
“At Össur, we continue to be humbled by the amazing achievements of the users of our products. We are inspired by Marko as he achieves even greater athletic feats and continues contributing to the legacy Össur’s iconic running prosthesis,” said Jon Sigurdsson, President and CEO of Össur. “Along with Marko, most of the most accomplished amputee athletes in the world continue to choose Össur prostheses as the “gold standard” to help them achieve their athletic dreams and live life without limitations,” Sigurdsson concluded.
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 double amputation, Cheseto received his first pair of Össur sports prostheses as a grant from Össur and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Now in his mid-30s and a father to three daughters, he is continuing to train with a goal of completing a full Marathon in under two-and-a-half hours.
“From the start, running on Össur prostheses has helped me regain my confidence and enjoy continued improvements in my running performance,” Cheseto says. “No matter what a person wants to accomplish, it’s important to train consistently, be mentally well-prepared and always acknowledge that limb loss is not an excuse to stop trying.”