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Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

16 September 2018

The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran an official time of time of two hours, one minutes and 39 seconds on a sunny and warm autumn day along the flat inner-city course to beat Dennis Kimetto's world best by a minute and 18 seconds in Berlin back in 2014. Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.

Kipchoge ran at the front from the very first metre, and despite some turbulent times in the first third of the race when his pacers faltered, stormed home to take another win and lower the world record by a remarkable 78 seconds.

'It was really hard during the last 17 kilometres but I was truly prepared to run my own race. But he had done most of his talking already, on the streets of the German capital, setting off with just three pacemakers for company, and going through halfway in 61 minutes and six seconds before - incredibly - speeding up to run the second half in 60:33. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

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"I lack words to describe this day", said Kipchoge. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge. "I didn't know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I'm happy for it".

For months before the race, Kipchoge has maintained that he was focused on winning in Berlin.

He kept injecting the pace and by the 30km mark, he was a massive 52 seconds inside World Record pace having covered the distance in a time of 1:26:45.

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Kipchoge will be rewarded with a total sum of €120,000 ($139,614) for his performance on Sunday, including a €50,000 bonus for the world record, a €40,000 for coming first, and €30,000 bonus for keeping his time below two hours and four minutes.

While Kipchoge savored his victory and the new record time, Kipruto who was celebrating his 24th birthday held his own to come in for second while Kipsang who dropped out of the race previous year finished third. Cherono won in 2:18:11, breaking the previous course record (2:19:12, Mizuki Noguchi, 2005) by over a minute.

Kipchoge, who came into the race with a personal best of 2:03:05 from London two years ago, has now won the 10 of the 11 marathons he has competed in since 2013 when he switched from track to road racing.

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Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin