Eliud Kipchoge breaks world marathon record in Berlin


The legendary Kipchoge smashed the world marathon record by winning the Berlin Marathon in a record time of 2:01:39 while Cherono came first in the women race after running 2:18:10, setting a new course record and world-leading time.

The 33-year-old broke the world record by the biggest margin since Derek Clayton beat it by two minutes and 24 seconds in 1967.

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

"I lack the words to describe how I feel, "Kipchoge said".

Kenyans from all walks of life suddenly donned their patriotic caps at around midday on Sunday moments after marathoner Eluid Kipchoge shattered the world record in Berlin.

He kept up the pace to sprint through the Brandenburg Gate and complete a world record run that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time.

"I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself".

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"Congratulations my friend Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the World Marathon Record".

Kipchoge, who in 2017 took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran 2:00:25 with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace. I had to focus on the work I had put in in Kenya and that is what helped push me.

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

He added: "I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach - that's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

"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.

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident". Canadian Brent Lakatos won the men's wheelchair race for his first marathon victory.

It was a clean sweep for Kenya after Amos Kipruto came in second with 2:06:23 while Wilson Kipsang won with 2:06:48 as the unofficial time.