Mercurial Kipchoge smashes Marathon World record
Eliud Kipchoge set a new World marathon record of 2:01:39 in Berlin Germany
Eliud Kipchoge, arguable the greatest marathoner ever chalked his name up in history books by becoming the first person to ever run the 42km race in under two hours and two minutes, setting a new World Record of 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
Kipchoge’s record was the seventh set at the berlin Course over the last 15 years and he shaved off one minute and 18 seconds off the initial mark set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.
Kipchoge did so without pacemakers, his last having dropped out after 25km, not able to match up with his scorching pace.
“It wasn’t a plan to run without pacemakers because I thought I would go with them up to 30km but it was unfortunate. But, I had the belief and I was ready for Berlin I had to push on my own,” Kipchoge said after the race.
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.
He kept injecting the pace and by the 30km mark, he was a massive 52 seconds inside World Record pace having covered the distance in a time of 1:26:45.
A resilient Kipchoge then went on to cover 40km in a time of 1:56:32, a whooping 57 seconds of the record and still brandishing his trademark smile. With no pressure in his eyes, he went on to cross the line in world record time and thrust himself on the arms of his coach Patrick Sang as they celebrated together.
Meanwhile, Gladys Cherono completed a golden Kenyan double in the streets of Berlin, successfully defending her crown in a new course record time of 2:18:11
Cherono withstood the challenge of the Ethiopian duo of Ruti Aga and Tirunesh Dibaba to strike her third Berlin crown having also won it in 2015 but missed the 2016 showpiece due to injury.
Aga came second in 2:18:34 while Dibaba was third crossing the line in 2:18:55.