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Amazing Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles
Deanna Wagner | 16 September, 2018, 18:48

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

For a man that has been so superior to his contemporaries over the last few years in the marathon- he had won eight straight entering Sunday, and nine if you count the Breaking 2 event- Kipchoge wasn't afraid of setting a seemingly impossible pace.

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. "I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself".

At 15km, Kipchoge was on pace to run 2:02:44, but that mark would be highly unlikely if Boit couldn't hold on until at least the 25km banner.

With Boit doing a stellar job of maintaining his solitary charge at the front, the pair passed through 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 - nearly on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half.

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

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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.

Following his superb performance, the 33-year-old said that he would defend his title in 2019 hoping to break his current record. It was just a matter of how much time he could take off Kimetto's record. 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.

"I lack words to describe this day", said a beaming Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 metres and marathon gold medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago. Sunday's marathon marked the first time in history that three women have broken 2:19 in the same race.

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

Kipchoge, who past year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace.