Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line MARKUS SCHREIBER AP
Kenny Thornton | 16 September, 2018, 18:55

Kipchoge arrived on the world marathon scene at Hamburg in 2013 following a successful track career that left him with a collection of Olympic medals and world titles.

"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said (via the Associated Press) of a time that sounds more like a commute than an athlete feat.

Ahead of the race, Kipchoge was more reserved about his expectations and told reporters that he was simply aiming to lower his personal best of 2:03:05.

"Yes, it was tough running alone, but I was confident", he said.

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.

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

Race organizers initially timed Kipchoge a second slower but later corrected the time.

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Cherono, who broke away from the pack at the 25km mark, swept the course to victory in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, becoming the fourth fastest woman in the history of women's marathon.

Fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto had held the previous record since 2014, 2:02.57, also set in the Berlin marathon.

He accelerated over the final two kilometres and with his eyes on the finishing line shone the crowd with his infectious smile, striding to cut the tape in a new record time, by a whooping one minute and 18 seconds.

"It wasn't the plan because I thought I would go with my first pacemaker through 30 kilometers", Kipchoge said. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time.

He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.

He kept injecting the pace and by the 30km mark, he was a massive 52 seconds inside World Record pace having covered the distance in a time of 1:26:45. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record. That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge.

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang (R) and Eliud Kipchoge (3L) with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon.

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