Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks all-time marathon 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.

"I lack the words to describe how I feel", said Kipchoge, whose winning margin over Amos Kipruto in second place was nearly five minutes.

A bold move with 17km still to race - and it wasn't just the commentary team questioning whether Kipchoge could possibly maintain the pace on his own.

Amos Kipruto of Kenya was second in 2:06:23 with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, the former world record holder, third in 2:06:48.

In doing so, he becomes the first person to ever run under 2:02:00, in a time that won't be beaten soon.

Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.

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Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge set a sensational world record over the distance on Sunday, shaving more than a minute off the previous best with a dazzling run in the German capital, to land the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him.

Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:10, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively. His unofficial time was 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, but that later was lowered by one second.

"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time", he said, breaking the mark in his latest attempt in Berlin. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time. "So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who a year ago 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 has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.

"It was hard", Kipchoge said.

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