Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

Enroute to breaking this record, the thirty-three-year-old clocked two hours, one minute 39 seconds in Berlin, taking off more than a minute off the previous best incidentally set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.

Since moving to the marathon in 2012, Kipchoge was won 10 of 11 races over 26.2 miles, including gold in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

In doing so, he becomes the first person to ever run under 2:02:00, in a time that won't be beaten soon. While he certainly benefitted greatly then from a highly controlled environment that featured constant pacing and absolutely ideal conditions-elements that made the run unofficial for record purposes-the time still showed that Kipchoge was a man among boys in the marathon. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programmes of my coach.

At long last, the missing piece from Eliud Kipchoge's incredible résumé has been filled.

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Kipchoge ran virtually half the race alone after dropping the last pacemaker Josephat Bout at the 25km mark having taken him through in 1:12:24 which was 36 seconds within World Record pace.

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.

"My only words are 'Thank you!'", said Kipchoge, who sprinted into the lead after 100 metres and never let up.

Kipchoge, 33, and a team of three pacers took off and passed through the first 5K in 14:24 and then 10K in 29:21. "I was prepared to run my own race early so I wasn't surprised to be alone".

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"I'd said I was running my own race following my planning and I was confident". 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.

He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds.

For a man who has been so superior to his contemporaries over the last few years in the marathon-he won eight straight entering Sunday, and nine if you count the Breaking 2 event-Kipchoge wasn't afraid of setting a seemingly impossible pace.

The Kenyans completed their podium sweep with Amos Kipruto in second place more than five minutes later and Kipsang, a former world record holder back in 2013, in third.

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