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Kenyan runner's stunning time smashes marathon world record

16 September 2018, 06:57 | Erica Roy

MAJA HITIJ GETTY IMAGES Elite runners Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon

"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

Kenya's Edna Kiplagat finished fourth in a time of 2:21:18 and made history of her own by becoming the first female athlete to run in all major marathons and finishing within the top six in all.

"They say you can miss it twice but not third time", he added, referring to his previous races in Berlin. Usually stoic and reserved, he pumped his arms and crossed the finish line in 2:01:40 to cut one minute and 17 seconds off Kimetto's record.

Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:11, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively.

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 a year ago finished third.

She broke Japanese Mizuki Noguchi's 13-year-old course record by 61 seconds besides improving her personal best of 2:19:25 set with victory in 2015 in Berlin. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time.

The leading duo went through 25km in 1:12:24, and as Kipsang continued to fade in the second group, Kipchoge left Boit, who dropped out of the race.


The fastest German was Valentin Harwardt with 2:19:54.

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again.

Berlin debutant Amos Kipruto came second in 2:06:23, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, who was 25 seconds behind.

Kipchoge kept up the pace to sprint through the Brandenburg Gate and complete a world record race that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time.

New York Times in a publication on Kipchoge wrote: "Elite distance runners generally run no more than two marathons each year".

He has been virtually unbeatable at the distance, winning 10 of 11 marathons he has entered.



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