Kudos as Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon record

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shatters world record after winning Berlin marathon

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge shattered the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday on his way to handily winning the race.

Kipchoge, the Olympic champion, had always been called the greatest marathon runner of all time but, despite winning nine of his past ten marathons, the world record had eluded him until yesterday when he barely saw a rival before winning the Berlin Marathon in 2hr 1min 39sec.

The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran an official 2hr 1min 39sec on a sunny day along the flat inner-city course, smashing Dennis Kimetto's previous record, which had stood since 2014.

"They say you can miss it twice but not third time".

"I lack the words to describe how I feel", Kipchoge said, according to CNN.

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).

Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record by more than a minute
Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record by more than a minute

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly 2min 30sec off the record in 1967.

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

Kipchoge, who a year ago took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace.

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. He ran solo for the last 17 kilometres of the race after his pacemakers dropped out much earlier than expected.

It was a clean sweep for Kenya after Amos Kipruto came in second with 2:06:23 while Wilson Kipsang won with 2:06:48 as the unofficial time.

In the women's race, Kenya's Gladys Cherono smashed her personal best to claim her third straight Berlin Marathon victory in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, becoming the fourth quickest woman in the history of women's marathon.

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