Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record by 78 seconds in Berlin

Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles

Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles

Legendary runner Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday won the Berlin Marathon and set a new world record.

The 33-year old who came eight seconds close to breaking the 2:02:57 mark at the London Marathon in 2016 ran a race against the clock nearly the entire race becoming the first man ever to run the marathon under two hours and two minutes, as he achieved a target he had longed for.

On the roads he has been nearly unstoppable, winning 10 of 11 races over 26.2 miles, including Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro and three London marathon titles.

The Kenyan sped up to pass the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible.

Kipchoge's three pacemakers were down to one by the 15km mark, but still the Olympic World Champions maintained a world record pace.

While Kipchoge clearly stole the show in Berlin, the depth of the women's race is certainly noteworthy.

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply unbelievable and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions", said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated him minutes after his win as well as second-placed Amos Kipruto and Kipsang, who completed the African nation's podium sweep.

In another victory for Kenyan athletics, Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new women's record for the course in Berlin.

"They say you can miss it twice but not third time, so I want to thank everyone who has helped me".

Things looked to have fallen apart for Kipchoge's world record hopes after 15km.

You'd have to go back 50-years to find a single bigger world record leap than Kipchoge's this weekend.

"Yes, it was tough running alone, but I was confident", he said.

The marathon organizers dubbed Kipchoge as the greatest marathoner of all times.

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. That's 50 seconds inside world record pace, and the previously unimaginable time of two hours and two minutes was a real possibility.

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.

"It was hard. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach".

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