Amazing Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record in Berlin

Clay Curtis
September 16, 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. Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.

The 33-year-old Kipchoge, regarded as one of the greatest long-distance runners of his generation, won in Berlin in 2015 and 2017, positing times of 2:04:00 and 2:03:32 respectively.

With good weather on the right course, there was little doubt after Monza that Kipchoge would soon seal his legacy by owning the world record.

"I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself". "I will come back next year", he said.

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

"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.

Breaking down Kipchoge's time, however, is where the manner of his achievement really comes into focus.

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Berlin debutant Amos Kipruto came second in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, who was 25 seconds behind.

A few minutes later Gladys Cherono won the women's race in Berlin in a course record of 2:18:11, making her the fourth fastest woman in history behind Paula Radcliffe, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba.

But even after the last one peeled off after 25-kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per 1,000-metres.

But the toast of the day belonged to Eliud, arguably the best marathoner to ever grace the sport. That's 50 seconds inside world record pace, and the previously unimaginable time of two hours and two minutes was a real possibility.

Kipchoge came agonizingly close to sporting immortality by almost running the first sub two-hour marathon past year.

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.

Kipchoge, who past 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.

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