Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Posted September 17, 2018

The Olympic champion led a Kenyan 1-2-3 sweep of the podium, youngster Amos Kipruto coming second on his birthday in a time of 2:06:24 while former World record holder Wilson Kipsang finished third in 2:06:48.

Similarly astonishing is the speed at which Kipchoge ran the second-half of the race specifically.

Kipchoge ran at the front from the very first metre, and despite some turbulent times in the first third of the race when his pacers faltered, stormed home to take another win and lower the world record by a remarkable 78 seconds. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record".

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With weather conditions ideal and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and 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.

Shogo Nakamura of Japan narrowly missed setting a new national record with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds. Kipchoge ended up running 2:00:25 but the time is not world record eligible due to the pacing strategy alterations.

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Kipchoge ran 5km in 14:24 - which was 1:26 faster than world record pace - and passed under the 10km barrier in 29:01. By 5k, Kipchoge was already nine seconds ahead of the field when he split 14:24 (2:01:31 pace), and by halfway (61:06), his margin was a enormous 1:01 over Wilson Kipsang.

Simply put, Kipchoge's performance today in the German capital is one of the greatest athletic achievements in world history. "Hongera (congratulations) Eliud Kipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics", added opposition leader Raila Odinga.

Kenya's marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge has set a new world record in Berlin, shaving more than a minute off the record time. It certainly will go down as one of greatest spectacles the sport of running has ever seen, and will likely be a record that will stand for many years to come in the marathon. Canadian Brent Lakatos won the men's wheelchair race for his first marathon victory.

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