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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

16 September 2018

The Kenyan first advertised his talents by winning the 2003 world championships over 5,000m as an 18-year-old, and also won Olympic silver and bronze medals on the track before moving to the marathon in 2012.

By the half way mark, Kipchoge had completely imposed himself on the race with chasing compatriot Wilson Kipsang and Amos Kipruto nowhere in sight.

"So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who previous year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers.

"I had a great belief that I would run a world record", Kipchoge told the TV broadcast. He broke the record by a minute and seventeen seconds. It certainly will go down as one of greatest spectacles the sport of running has ever seen, and will likely be a record that will stand for many years to come in the marathon.

"I lack words to describe this day", said Kipchoge.

"They say you can miss it twice but not third time, so I want to thank everyone who has helped me".

Kipchoge started off with a sizzling pace and quickly shook off his biggest opponent, Wilson Kipsang, to make it a one-man race. By 40 kilometrers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty.

It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

In another victory for Kenyan athletics, Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new women's record for the course in Berlin.

With rolling pacers, Kipchoge ran 2:00:26, but the run isn't considered a world record because of the controlled conditions.

Yet even after the last pacemaker peeled off after 25 kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing as thousands of Berliners lining the streets egged him on. That's 50 seconds inside world record pace, and the previously unimaginable time of two hours and two minutes was a real possibility. Sunday's marathon marked the first time in history that three women have broken 2:19 in the same race.

Kipchoge, who previous year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon