Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Hugh Fox
September 17, 2018

Kipchoge smashed the previous world record by compatriot Dennis Kimetto by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds.

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.

"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time", he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.

After the race, Kipchoge, who also won in 2016 and 2017, said: "I lack words to describe this day".

"I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record".

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Kipchoge kept up the pace to complete a race that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time.

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly 2min 30sec off the record in 1967.

A total of 44,389 runners from 133 countries took part in the race, organizers said.

"It was hard. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach".

"You have done us all extremely proud by breaking the Men's World Record at the Berlin marathon".

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"Kipchoge hit the half way mark with one pacesetter in 57:26 minutes, way inside Kimetto world record by one minute and nine seconds before hitting 1:26:45 against Kimetto's 1" 27:38 at 30km mark.

It was a clean sweep for Kenya after Amos Kipruto came in second with 2:06:23 while Wilson Kipsang won with 2:06:48 as the unofficial time.

It was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high.

For the women's race, Kenyan Gladys Cherono won in 2:18:11, followed by Ethiopians Ruti Aga in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba in 2:18:55.

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