Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record by 78 seconds in Berlin

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2018

"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours, 2 minutes. "But, I had the belief and I was really ready for Berlin I had top push on my own", the ecstatic Kipchoge said after the historic feat.

Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:22, with former world record holder Wilson Kipsang third in 2:06:47.

Kipchoge came agonizingly close to sporting immortality by almost running the first sub two-hour marathon a year ago.

"So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", said Kipchoge, who had won in Berlin in 2016 and 2017. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time.

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

Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles

Cherono, the 2014 World Half Marathon champion, edged out Ethiopia's Ruti Aga, who was fresh from finishing second at Tokyo Marathon in February and multiple world and Olympic champion Tirunesh Tirunsh Dibaba also from Ethiopia to second and third places in 2:18:34 and 2:18:55 respectively. Noguchi won the 2005 Berlin in a course record time of 2:19:12.

The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin".

The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran a time of time of 2:01:40 on a sunny and warm autumn day along the flat inner-city course.

His split of 14:21 between the 25km and 30km mark was the fastest ever recorded in a Marathon, breaking his own previous mark set at the London Marathon in 2016 where he came close to breaking the record having covered the same distance in 1:27:13. "So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who past year 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.

Kipchoge has won 10 of the 11 marathons he's run.

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