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16 September 2018, 06:57 | Erica Roy
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"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.
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