Kenyan Sets World Record at Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

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Breaking down Kipchoge's time, however, is where the manner of his achievement really comes into focus.

Kipchoge, 33, broke the record set in 2014 by Kenya's Dennis Kimetto by 1 minute, 18 seconds.

It was a clean sweep for Kenya after Amos Kipruto came in second with 2:06:23 while Wilson Kipsang won with 2:06:48 as the unofficial time. He will pocket a cash prize of Sh555million for his victory and a bonus of Sh7 million from IAAF.

The marathon is officially his alone, by a long shot, and now that the final piece of his greatest-of-all-time puzzle is in place, Eliud Kipchoge can enjoy the view from the top.

"It was hard", Kipchoge said.

He added: "I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach - that's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time", he said, breaking the mark in his latest attempt in Berlin.

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Berlin has now been the stage for the last six men's world records over the distance.

Race organizers initially timed Kipchoge a second slower but later corrected the time. The hope was that a conservative start would pay off, if Kipchoge blew up from the aggressive pace.

With his 1:18 demolition of the previous record on Sunday- almost three seconds faster per mile than Kimetto's mark- Kipchoge has now reached a summit that seems befitting of a man who has rarely been challenged in the event.

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply incredible 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 Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

The 33-year-old Olympic marathon champion had the world record in the bag with plenty of room left to run. 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.

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