Kenyan Sets World Record at Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

During the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Kipchoge won a gold medal in the marathon, having previously claimed silver in Beijing 2008 and bronze in Athens 2004 both in the 5000m. He hit the 35K mark in 1:41:02 and started to get close to the 2:02 barrier. "Eliud Kipchoge finishes with a new world record, that will be remembered for decades. So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who previous year 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.

"Congratulation my friend, Eliud Kipchoge, for breaking the world marathon record".

"The winning time is now official and another second faster: 2:01:39 for Eliud Kipchoge!" it said. By 40 kilometrers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty.

Berlin debutant Amos Kipruto came second in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, who was 25 seconds behind. It is the first time in the history of marathon racing that three women break 2:19 in a single race.

Kipchoge, 33, broke the previous world record by more than one minute, an improvement not seen in five decades, the Berlin Marathon said.

He added jokingly; "What next for me now is that I have run 2:00, now 2: 01, next is to run 2:02, so that I have all the times in my arms".


But even after the last one peeled off after 25-kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per 1,000-metres.

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.

But Kipchoge produced a stunning performance to take it by a clear 78 seconds.

"I'd said I was running my own course following my planning and I was confident".

While he certainly benefitted greatly then from a highly controlled environment that featured constant pacing and absolutely flawless conditions- elements that made the run unofficial for record purposes- the time still showed that Kipchoge was a man among boys in the marathon. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programs of my coach.

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