Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin

The women's race was understandably overshadowed by Kipchoge's heroics, but 35-year-old Kenyan Gladys Cherono had herself a marvelous day in Berlin as well.

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has set a new world record, winning the Berlin marathon in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.

The conditions were ideal for running - warm, sunny and with little wind - and Kipchoge showed no sign of easing off the pace as he passed the 18-mile mark.

Kipchoge, 33, broke the record set in 2014 by Kenya's Dennis Kimetto by 1 minute, 18 seconds.

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again. While trying to shatter the two-hour marathon barrier, Nike devised a plan for Kipchoge to race under optimal conditions where temperatures were almost ideal for the Formula 1 track in Monza, Italy and he could be assisted by an alternating cast of pacers almost every step of the way.

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.

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Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama took to Twitter on Sunday morning to congratulate his fellow Kenyan, posting a picture of the pair at Spurs' training ground holding a club shirt with the runners name on it.

"I lack the words to describe how I feel, "Kipchoge said". Kipchoge had covered 40km in a time of 1:56:32, a whooping 57 seconds of the record.

Kipchoge's dazzling run landed him the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him. Kipsang, who ran 2:03:13 back in 2013 in Berlin to set a world record, was third on Sunday in 2:06:48.

"They say you can miss it twice but not a third time".

Eliud Kipchoge is widely considered to be the greatest marathon runner of modern era. Previous year he set the fastest ever time over the marathon distance on the Monza race track in Italy for Nike's Breaking2 project. He has been virtually unbeatable at the distance, winning 10 of 11 marathons he has entered.

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