Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon record in Berlin

Not only did Eliud Kipchoge cement his place in the history books by setting a new world record of 2:01:40, but the race was heavily dominated by Kenyan names who scooped the subsequent positions.

Enroute to breaking this record, the thirty-three-year-old clocked two hours, one minute 39 seconds in Berlin, taking off more than a minute off the previous best incidentally set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.

Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance.

There were also early signs that a record break was on the cards as Kipchoge ran the first kilometer in a meagre 2:43. "I am team Kenya", said Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo.

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

Kenyans from all walks of life suddenly donned their patriotic caps at around midday on Sunday moments after marathoner Eluid Kipchoge shattered the world record in Berlin.

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"I lack words to describe this day", said a beaming Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 metres and marathon gold medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

"Kipchoge hit the half way mark with one pacesetter in 57:26 minutes, way inside Kimetto world record by one minute and nine seconds before hitting 1:26:45 against Kimetto's 1" 27:38 at 30km mark. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach.

Running alone with 17 kilometres left, Kipchoge then sped up.

Kenyans Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:23 and Wilson Kipsang was third in 2:06:48.

This latest triumph is certain to earn Kipchoge - considered the greatest marathon runner of all time - atleast Sh100 million in prize money and bonuses.

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