Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

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

Kenya's Gladys Cherono also smashed the Berlin marathon coming first in the women's race after running 2:18:10 (unofficial) and setting a new course record and world-leading time.

'I lack the words to describe how I feel, ' said Kipchoge, who ran the second half of the race in a rapid 60min 33sec.

"I had a great belief that I would run a world record", Kipchoge told the TV broadcast. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programmes of my coach.

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident".

And on Sunday, Kipchoge didn't just break Dennis Kimetto's previous 2:02:57 world record- set four years ago in Berlin- he utterly embarrassed it.

Organizers initially put Kipchoge's time at 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.

The women's race was understandably overshadowed by Kipchoge's heroics, but 35-year-old Kenyan Gladys Cherono had herself a marvelous day in Berlin as well.

Kipchoge ended up running 2:00:25 but the time is not world record eligible due to the pacing strategy alterations.

With three pacemakers in front of him, Kipchoge ran the first kilometre in just 2:43 - gapping the rest of the elite field immediately.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, which was covered in 1:12:24. As he he's done in his other major victories, Kipchoge smiled through any signs of pain by the time he hit 40K in 1:55:32. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge.

While Kipchoge savored his victory and the new record time, Kipruto who was celebrating his 24th birthday held his own to come in for second while Kipsang who dropped out of the race previous year finished third.

The women's victor was Kenya's Gladys Cherono, who set a women's record for the Berlin race with a time of 2:18:11.

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