Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Kipchoge, 33, is the reigning Olympic champion in the marathon and has run the fastest recorded time over 26.2 miles-a blistering 2 hours and 25 seconds- as part of a Nike-sponsored marketing event past year that wasn't a ratified race. Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.

While he certainly benefitted greatly then from a highly controlled environment that featured constant pacing and absolutely flawless conditions- elements that made the run unofficial for record purposes- the time still showed that Kipchoge was a man among boys in the marathon. He broke the record by a minute and seventeen seconds.

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply awesome and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions", said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark.

Things looked to have fallen apart for Kipchoge's world record hopes after 15km.

Top put Kipchoge's new time into context, the last time the marathon world record was beaten by over 30 seconds was when Paul Tergat lowered Khalid Khannouchi's mark to 2:04:26.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, a women's record for the Berlin Marathon. "That's what I believed (breaking World Record) and I am happy for it".

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But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.

The marathon organizers dubbed Kipchoge as the greatest marathoner of all times.

The Kenyans completed their podium sweep with Amos Kipruto in second place more than five minutes later and Kipsang, a former world record holder back in 2013, in third.

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.

He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago.

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