Eliud Kipchoge sets world record in Berlin marathon win
Eliud Kipchoge sets world record in Berlin marathon win
Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles
17 September, 2018, 04:49
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2hr 1min 39sec.
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 a year ago finished third.
Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second in 2:18:34 and six-time Olympic and six-time world medallist Tirunesh Dibaba third (2:18:55), making more history as it was the first time three women have broken 2:19 in one race.
Following his superb performance, the 33-year-old said that he would defend his title in 2019 hoping to break his current record.
'I lack the words to describe how I feel, ' said Kipchoge, who ran the second half of the race in a rapid 60min 33sec.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.
The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, covered in 1:12:24.
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Another Kenyan, Edna Kiplagat finished fourth in 2:21:18.
An ecstatic Kipchoge cut the tape with glee and excitement written all over his face, thumping his chest with both arms and letting out a scream that told just half the story of how much the record meant for him.
Kipchoge ran 5km in 14:24 - which was 1:26 faster than world record pace - and passed under the 10km barrier in 29:01.
He is regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time and is referred to as "the boss man" by his fellow athletes in Kenya.
Kipchoge's run on Sunday was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.
Kipchoge's world record is a victory 15 years in the making. It certainly will go down as one of greatest spectacles the sport of running has ever seen, and will likely be a record that will stand for many years to come in the marathon. By 5k, Kipchoge was already nine seconds ahead of the field when he split 14:24 (2:01:31 pace), and by halfway (61:06), his margin was a enormous 1:01 over Wilson Kipsang.
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