Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets world record at Berlin marathon

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon
MAJA HITIJ GETTY IMAGES Elite runners Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon
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17 September, 2018

Kipchoge ran at the front from the very first metre, and despite some turbulent times in the first third of the race when his pacers faltered, stormed home to take another win and lower the world record by a remarkable 78 seconds. Kipsang, who ran 2:03:13 back in 2013 in Berlin to set a world record, was third on Sunday in 2:06:48. "The weather condition was good and it made me run fast today", Cherono said after the race. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

With his 1:18 demolition of the previous record on Sunday- almost three seconds faster per mile than Kimetto's mark- Kipchoge has now reached a summit that seems befitting of a man who has rarely been challenged in the event.

An ecstatic Kipchoge cut the tape with glee and excitement written all over his face, thumping his chest with both arms and letting out a scream that told just half the story of how much the record meant for him.

The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran an official time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds on a sunny day along the flat inner-city course, smashing Dennis Kimetto's previous record that had stood since 2014.

Race organizers initially timed Kipchoge a second slower but later corrected the time.

Most observers feared that had left Kipchoge's hopes of a world record in the balance.

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"Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the world record at the Berlin marathon 2018".

At long last, the missing piece from Eliud Kipchoge's incredible résumé has been filled.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, covered in 1:12:24.

Germany's Foreign Ministry congratulated Kipchoge on Twitter, praising his time as a "fairy tale-like world record" and adding they were "thrilled" by it.

On an extraordinary day of athletics Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record, moving to within 100 seconds of running the first sub-two hour marathon, before France's Kevin Mayer broke the decathlon world record.

Another Kenyan also claimed victory among the female racers: 35-year-old Gladys Cherono posted the time of 2:18:34, ahead of two Ethiopians, Ruti Aga with 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibabawith 2:18:55.


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