Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin

Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished runner-up on Sunday (2:18:34, #6 all-time), while pre-race favorite Dibaba was third in 2:18:55.

Cherono's time was the fourth fastest time in the history of women's marathon after Paula Radcliffe's 2:15:25, Mary Keitany's 2:17:01 and Dibaba's 2:17:56.

But the toast of the day belonged to Eliud, arguably the best marathoner to ever grace the sport.

Kipchoge 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. "That's what I believed (breaking World Record) and I am happy for it".

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident. That's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

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Ahead of the race, Kipchoge, the defending Berlin champion, denied wanting to have a crack at fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's world record, saying he was merely after a personal best, but he left little doubt about his intentions when the starting gun fired in ideal running conditions in Berlin.

An ecstatic Kipchoge cut the tape with glee and excitement written all over his face, thumping his chest with both arms and letting out a scream that told just half the story of how much the record meant for him. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". His face never showed any signs of fatigue or worry and by the Half Marathon point, he had run in 1:0046.

"So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", said Kipchoge, who had won in Berlin in 2016 and 2017. Past year he set the fastest ever time over the marathon distance on the Monza race track in Italy for Nike's Breaking2 project.

She hopes to come back to race next year and hopefully break the course record, or another record again.

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. Usually stoic and reserved, he pumped his arms and crossed the finish line in 2:01:40 to cut one minute and 17 seconds off Kimetto's record.

Race organizers initially timed Kipchoge a second slower but later corrected the time.

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