Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was considered Kipchoge's biggest challenger and opted to stick with his own pace crew to run 61:30 through the half.

The Kenyan passed through five kilometers in 14:24 and 10 kilometers in 29:21.

"It wasn't a plan (running without pacemakers) because I thought I would go with them to 30km but it was unfortunate".

The Kenyan first advertised his talents by winning the 2003 world championships over 5,000m as an 18-year-old, and also won Olympic silver and bronze medals on the track before moving to the marathon in 2012.

Yet even after the last pacemaker peeled off after 25 kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing as thousands of Berliners lining the streets egged him on.

From an Irish perspective, his time would outstrip the best efforts of any Irish runner over the half-marathon.

Dubbed the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge produced a fantastic race in the German capital to finally eclipse the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him in his illustrious career.

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.

Once he was alone on Sunday, Kipchoge ended up speeding up.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge reacts after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

Kipchoge did not stop running at the finish line but accelerated.

In the Kenyan city of Eldoret, celebrations were well underway as Kipchoge rounded off this most remarkable run.

He added jokingly; "What next for me now is that I have run 2:00, now 2: 01, next is to run 2:02, so that I have all the times in my arms".

Kenyans swept the men's and women's titles as Gladys Cherono became the fourth-fastest woman in history and defended her title with a 2:18:11 course record victory. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programs of my coach. 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.

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