Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record

Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge

The Kenyan sped up to pass the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya.

"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.

Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record in Berlin this morning, moving to within 100 seconds of running the first sub-two hour marathon.

"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time", he said, breaking the mark in his latest attempt in Berlin. "Eliud Kipchoge finishes with a new world record, that will be remembered for decades".

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967. By 40 kilometrers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty. Instead it transpired that the pacemakers were holding him back.

Kipchoge won on Sunday by a ridiculous 4:44, as no other man broke 2:06.

The good news, in terms of the race rather than the record, was that Kipsang seemed to be gassed, having lost contact momentarily with his own pacers through 15km.

With Boit doing a stellar job of maintaining his solitary charge at the front, the pair passed through 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 - nearly on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half.

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Kipsang, who still had three pacemakers, went through halfway in 61:07 - well outside his target time.

The legendary Kipchoge, who won in Berlin in 2015, defeated Amos Kipruto who finished the race in 2:06:20.

With his customary wry smile affixed, Kipchoge never looked like faltering in the final 5km. It was just a matter of how much time he could take off Kimetto's record.

"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 came agonizingly close to sporting immortality by almost running the first sub two-hour marathon a year ago.

Kipchoge now adds the official world record to his extensive list of achievements. Cherono won in 2:18:11, breaking the previous course record (2:19:12, Mizuki Noguchi, 2005) by over a minute.

On the roads he has been nearly unstoppable, winning 10 of 11 races over 26.2 miles, including Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro and three London marathon titles.

But Kipchoge produced a stunning performance to take it by a clear 78 seconds.

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