Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Kerry Wise
September 17, 2018

Kimetto's record had stood since the Kenyan set it at the same course in 2014 but Kipchoge's run will likely take some time to break as it is the biggest improvement on the marathon record since Australian Derek Clayton shaved nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.

Kipchoge's Sunday record put him well ahead the runner-up Amos Kipruto, who finished the race in 2:06:23, and the third-placed Wilson Kipsang with 2:06:48.

BERLIN-Eliud Kipchoge shattered the world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday by more than a full minute, running 2:01:39 to establish the Kenyan athlete as one of the best distance runners in history.

Attracting attention from all over the athletics world, Kipchoge's achievement is already being spoken of in the highest terms.

He broke the previous world record set in Berlin by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds an improvement that had not been witnessed in fifty years.

He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, covered in 1:12:24.

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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. It was just a matter of how much time he could take off Kimetto's record.

In doing so, he becomes the first person to ever run under 2:02:00, in a time that won't be beaten soon. By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty.

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

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (second right) takes the start among other top runners at the Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

Kipchoge now adds the official world record to his extensive list of achievements.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, a new women's record for the Berlin marathon.

Kipchoge has now won 10 of the 11 marathons he has run.