Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has set a new world record, winning the Berlin marathon in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.
"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said (via the Associated Press) of a time that sounds more like a commute than an athlete feat. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach.
"It was hard running alone, but I was confident".
With his 1:18 demolition of the previous record on Sunday- almost three seconds faster per mile than Kimetto's mark- Kipchoge has now reached a summit that seems befitting of a man who has rarely been challenged in the event.
But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again.
The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute, 18 seconds.
It was up to Kipchoge to run the final 17 kilometers alone and maintain the cushion of time that he built up to get under the world record. Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was considered Kipchoge's biggest challenger and opted to stick with his own pace crew to run 61:30 through the half.
Up front, the race was in control, but the world record was slowly slipping from Kipchoge's grasp.
Kipchoge said a record time was in his sights before the race, and after the opening few kilometres, it became clear his pacemakers would be pushed to the limit.
Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line. By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record was a certainty.
Kipchoge arrived on the world marathon scene at Hamburg in 2013 following a successful track career that left him with a collection of Olympic medals and world titles.
Cherono won in 2:18:11, breaking the previous course record (2:19:12, Mizuki Noguchi, 2005) by over a minute.
The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin".
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