Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line

Kipchoge is regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time.

"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours and 2 minutes.

Top put Kipchoge's new time into context, the last time the marathon world record was beaten by over 30 seconds was when Paul Tergat lowered Khalid Khannouchi's mark to 2:04:26. "The weather condition was good and it made me run fast today", Cherono said after the race.

His three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark.

The 33-year old who came eight seconds close to breaking the 2:02:57 mark at the London Marathon in 2016 ran a race against the clock nearly the entire race becoming the first man ever to run the marathon under two hours and two minutes, as he achieved a target he had longed for.

Eliud Kipchoge resets the marathon world record by over a minute in Berlin. "So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", said Kipchoge, who had won in Berlin in 2015 and 2017.

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Running alone with 17 kilometres left, Kipchoge then sped up.

Kipchoge has won 10 of the 11 marathons he's run.

He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics. Kipchoge had covered 40km in a time of 1:56:32, a whooping 57 seconds of the record. Just think of that next time you head out for a morning run.

Kenyans Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:23 and Wilson Kipsang was third in 2:06:48. Ironically, it took a world record setting run by Kipsang in 2013 in Berlin to beat Kipchoge in what was just his second marathon since moving from the track.

Germany's Foreign Ministry congratulated Kipchoge on Twitter, praising his time as a "fairy tale-like world record" and adding they were "thrilled" by it.

Another Kenyan also claimed victory among the female racers: 35-year-old Gladys Cherono posted the time of 2:18:34, ahead of two Ethiopians, Ruti Aga with 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibabawith 2:18:55.

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