Eliud Kipchoge breaks world marathon record in Berlin


While Kipchoge savored his victory and the new record time, Kipruto who was celebrating his 24th birthday held his own to come in for second while Kipsang who dropped out of the race past year finished third.

Kenya's long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge produced an astonishing run to break the men's world marathon record in Berlin.

The Kenyan defended his title in Berlin, pulling ahead of his competitors early on amid ideal running conditions on Sunday. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya. Kipchoge crushed the majority of the second half by himself- the final pacer dropped out just past 25k- after hitting the half marathon in 61:06.

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

He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.

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Speaking post-race, Kipchoge was all but beyond words; "I lack words to describe this day". By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record was a certainty. "The greatest marathon runner of all times", they said.

The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin".

His split of 14:21 between the 25km and 30km mark was the fastest ever recorded in a Marathon, breaking his own previous mark set at the London Marathon in 2016 where he came close to breaking the record having covered the same distance in 1:27:13.

With rolling pacers, Kipchoge ran 2:00:26, but the run isn't considered a world record because of the controlled conditions. Ironically, it took a world record setting run by Kipsang in 2013 in Berlin to beat Kipchoge in what was just his second marathon since moving from the track.

Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:11, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively.