Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets world record at Berlin marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets world record at Berlin marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets world record at Berlin marathon

The 33-year-old's official time came in at two hours, one minute and 39 seconds to shave one minute and 18 seconds off Dennis Kimetto's old mark from 2014. Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.

Similarly astonishing is the speed at which Kipchoge ran the second-half of the race specifically.

Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01. But, I had the belief and I was really ready for Berlin I had top push on my own", the ecstatic Kipchoge said after the historic feat.

"They say you can miss it twice but not third time, so I want to thank everyone who has helped me".

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While Kipchoge clearly stole the show in Berlin, the depth of the women's race is certainly noteworthy. By 40 kilometrers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty.

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang (R) and Eliud Kipchoge (3L) with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon.

Berlin debutant Amos Kipruto came second in 2:06:23, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, who was 25 seconds behind. "I didn't know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I'm happy for it".

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again. Cherono won in 2:18:11, breaking the previous course record (2:19:12, Mizuki Noguchi, 2005) by over a minute.

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He accelerated over the final two kilometres and with his eyes on the finishing line shone the crowd with his infectious smile, striding to cut the tape in a new record time, by a whooping one minute and 18 seconds.

Kipchoge, who a year ago took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace.

Kipchoge has earned a reputation as the greatest marathon runner in history, having won Olympic gold in 2016 and this was his seventh Major Marathon title.

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