Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shatters world record winning Berlin marathon

Geneva Stokes
September 17, 2018

"I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself".

Kipchoge clocked 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds (2:1:39) to smash the new World Record that was previously held by Kenyan Dennis Kimeto with a record time of 2 hours 2 minutes and 57 seconds (2:2:57) that was set in 2014. He ran solo for the last 17 kilometres of the race after his pacemakers dropped out much earlier than expected.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge knees down after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

He added: "I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach - that's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

Kimetto's record had stood since the Kenyan set it at the same course in 2014 but Kipchoge's run will likely take some time to break as it is the biggest improvement on the marathon record since Australian Derek Clayton shaved nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967. The former 5,000-meter race world champion has won 11 of the 12 marathons he has run, including in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, a new women's record for the Berlin marathon.

But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favourable - Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pacesetting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy - that the time was not recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident".

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated him minutes after his win as well as second-placed Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang, who completed the African nation's podium sweep.

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