Eliud Kipchoge Sets Incredible New World Record At Berlin Marathon

Leroy Wright
September 16, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record in Berlin this morning, moving to within 100 seconds of running the first sub-two hour marathon.

By the half way mark, Kipchoge had completely imposed himself on the race with chasing compatriot Wilson Kipsang and Amos Kipruto nowhere in sight.

While he certainly benefitted greatly then from a highly controlled environment that featured constant pacing and absolutely ideal 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 had a great belief that I would run a World record but I dint know I would run 2:01".

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967. "Berlin forever! I shall come back here next year".

"I lack words to describe this day", said a beaming Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 metres and marathon gold medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", he said.

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Dubbed the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge produced a fantastic race in the German capital to finally eclipse the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him in his illustrious career.

In another victory for Kenyan athletics, Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new women's record for the course in Berlin.

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

Further behind, Kipsang ceded second place to Kipruto who finished second in 2:06:22.

Yet even after the last pacemaker peeled off after 25 kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing as thousands of Berliners lining the streets egged him on.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago. "I didn't know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I'm happy for it". Sunday's marathon marked the first time in history that three women have broken 2:19 in the same race. The celebration continued with Kipchoge taking pictures and embracing fans while the next runner would cross the finish line four minutes and 44 seconds later.

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