Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

17 September, 2018, 13:19 | Author: Donnie King
  • Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record

That's how long, or little, it took Kenyan superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge to cover the 42.2km of the Berlin Marathon - and smash the world record in the process by a staggering 78 seconds. "I am team Kenya", said Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo.

The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran a time of two hours, one minute and 40 seconds on a sunny and warm autumn day along the flat inner-city course to beat Dennis Kimetto's world best set of 2:02:57 in Berlin back in 2014.

He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago.

(AAP)Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record by more than a minute.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (second right) takes the start among other top runners at the Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

The women's race was won by Gladys Cherono of Kenya in 2:18:11.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

With weather conditions flawless and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark. "It was really hard [during the last 17 kilometres] but I was truly prepared to run my own race".

"I lack the words to describe how I feel", said Kipchoge, whose winning margin over Amos Kipruto in second place was nearly five minutes.

Kimeto was impressive but Kipchoge is superhuman", remarked the commentator of the 2018 Berlin Marathon as Eliud Kipchoge galloped past the 35km mark in a time of 1: "41: "03.

But even after the last one peeled off after 25km, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per 1000m.

Berlin has been the stage for the past six men's world records over the distance.

Kipchoge's nearest competitor, fellow Kenyan Amos Kipruto, finished almost five minutes behind him, with a time of 2:06.23.




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