Marathon record ripped to shreds by Kipchoge

Charlene Craig
September 17, 2018

"Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the world record at the Berlin marathon 2018".

President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono for setting new records in the Berlin Marathon men and women races. "I am team Kenya", said Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo.

It knocked 1min 18sec off the previous record set by Dennis Kimetto, his fellow Kenyan, over the same course four years ago.

For months before the race, Kipchoge has maintained that he was focused on winning in Berlin.

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge is the new marathon world record holder.

With weather conditions ideal 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.

"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.

"I was prepared to run my own race early so I wasn't surprised to be alone. Running a sub two hours two minutes was simply wonderful and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions".

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But even after the last pacemaker 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 km, with thousands of Berliners lining the streets and firing him on.

Organizers initially put Kipchoge's time at 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.

There was a Kenyan double as Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11, a course record and world leading time, to win the women's race. "@EliudKipchoge is a monster congrats champ I will live to remember this day it will take a generation to see another run like that", former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir added on Twitter.

He equally applauded Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang for scooping the second and third place respectively.

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