Kenyan Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finishing line to win the Berlin Marathon 2018 in a new world record time

Image Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crossed the finishing line with a world record time

And on a pleasant autumn day in Berlin the 33-year-old lived up to that billing - and more - as he proved beyond doubt that he is the greatest long distance runner in history by obliterating the marathon world record. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programmes of my coach.

Kipchoge ran virtually half the race alone after dropping the last pacemaker Josephat Bout at the 25km mark having taken him through in 1:12:24 which was 36 seconds within World Record pace.

Kenyans from all walks of life suddenly donned their patriotic caps at around midday on Sunday moments after marathoner Eluid Kipchoge shattered the world record in Berlin.

In the women's edition, Kenya's Gladys Cherono crossed the finish line first in two hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds to win the marathon in Berlin. "So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", 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.

He passed the five kilometre mark in 14:24 and 10km in 29:21.

At that point Kipchoge was well within Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2: 02:57 and it was just a question of what time he would clock.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenia crosses the finishing line to win the Berlin Marathon 2018 in a new world record time
Image Kipchoge sprinted through the Brandenburg Gate for a strong finish

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.

The 2016 Olympic champion showed the world that a performance like this was possible back in May of 2017 when he ran 2:00:25 at Nike's Breaking 2 event in Monza, Italy.

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again. "Hongera (congratulations) Eliud Kipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics", added opposition leader Raila Odinga.

With good weather on the right course, there was little doubt after Monza that Kipchoge would soon seal his legacy by owning the world record.

The 33-year-old, a three-time victor of the London Marathon, has now won 10 of the 11 marathons he has contested. Canadian Brent Lakatos won the men's wheelchair race for his first marathon victory.

Latest News