Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

Aaron Brown
September 17, 2018

Kipchoge arrived on the world marathon scene at Hamburg in 2013 following a successful track career that left him with a collection of Olympic medals and world titles.

For months before the race, Kipchoge has maintained that he was focused on winning in Berlin.

He broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds. Kipchoge crushed the majority of the second half by himself- the final pacer dropped out just past 25k- after hitting the half marathon in 61:06. While trying to shatter the two-hour marathon barrier, Nike devised a plan for Kipchoge to race under optimal conditions where temperatures were almost ideal for the Formula 1 track in Monza, Italy and he could be assisted by an alternating cast of pacers almost every step of the way. Just think of that next time you head out for a morning run. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record".

Kipchoge passed under the Brandenburg Gate with 400m to run and powered down the finishing chute to complete the greatest marathon ever run in 2:01:39.

Kenya's Gladys Cherono crossed the finish line first in two hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds to win the women's race at the 45 edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon.

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"They say you miss two times, but you can't miss the third time", he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.

His unofficial time was 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, but that later was lowered by one second. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge. Previous year he set the fastest ever time over the marathon distance on the Monza race track in Italy for Nike's Breaking2 project.

He equally applauded Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang for scooping the second and third place respectively.

With rolling pacers, Kipchoge ran 2:00:26, but the run isn't considered a world record because of the controlled conditions.

Another Kenyan also claimed victory among the female racers: 35-year-old Gladys Cherono posted the time of 2:18:34, ahead of two Ethiopians, Ruti Aga with 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibabawith 2:18:55. He has been virtually unbeatable at the distance, winning 10 of 11 marathons he has entered.

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