Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes. I' m so happy to have set a new course record.

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

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. Just after the 15K mark, pacers started dropping off. Kipchoge was left with Josphat Boit, who owns a personal best of 59:19 for the half marathon, as his lone rabbit.

The 33-year old who came eight seconds close to breaking the 2:02:57 mark at the London Marathon in 2016 ran a race against the clock nearly the entire race becoming the first man ever to run the marathon under two hours and two minutes, as he achieved a target he had longed for.

It will rank as one of the finest ever runs at any distance, made more impressive because Kipchoge ran the final 10 miles alone after the last of his three pacemakers dropped out.

The world record is no stranger to Berlin as it has been set in this race in the last six times that it had been lowered before Sunday. I had to focus on the work I had put in in Kenya and that is what helped push me'.

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Kipchoge won his marathon debut in Hamburg in the spring of 2013 running 2:05:30.

He passed the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible.

Amos Kipruto of Kenya was second in 2:06:23 with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, the former world record holder, third in 2:06:48. By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty.

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

Kenyans swept the men's and women's titles as Gladys Cherono became the fourth-fastest woman in history and defended her title with a 2:18:11 course record victory.

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