Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge runs to win the 45th Berlin Marathon.

Kipchoge now adds the official world record to his extensive list of achievements. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

In the Kenyan city of Eldoret, celebrations were well underway as Kipchoge rounded off this most remarkable run.

He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds.

Kipchoge ran virtually half the race alone after dropping the last pacemaker Josephat Bout at the 25km mark having taken him through in 1:12:24 which was 36 seconds within World Record pace.

Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:10, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively.

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line. Kipchoge had covered 40km in a time of 1:56:32, a whooping 57 seconds of the record.

Second-placed Amos Kipruto was nearly five minutes back.

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Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was considered Kipchoge's biggest challenger and opted to stick with his own pace crew to run 61:30 through the half.

For a man that has been so superior to his contemporaries over the last few years in the marathon- he had won eight straight entering Sunday, and nine if you count the Breaking 2 event- Kipchoge wasn't afraid of setting a seemingly impossible pace. Simply targeting Kimetto's time wasn't enough; Kipchoge needed to show the world once and for all that he stands alone atop the 26.2 mile mountain.

The Kenyan, who won Olympic gold in 2016, enhanced his status as the greater marathoner in history by slicing 78 secs off the mark set by Dennis Kimetto on the same fast course in 2014.

"Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the world record at the Berlin marathon 2018". Speaking post-race, Kipchoge was all but beyond words; "I lack words to describe this day".

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.

The organizers note that: "Never in the history of marathon running have three women broken 2:19 in one race!"

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.

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