Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

I had to focus on the work I had put in in Kenya and that is what helped push me'.

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has set a marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds on Sunday. Yet given Kipchoge's achievement it went nearly unnoticed.

He added jokingly; "What next for me now is that I have run 2:00, now 2: 01, next is to run 2:02, so that I have all the times in my arms". Unless Kipchoge himself surpasses his mark from Sunday, the record may never be broken.

Perhaps the most remarkable split of Kipchoge's run was the 60:33 final 13.1 miles the Kenyan ran coming home.

He missed the mythical mark by just 25 seconds. By 40 kilometres, reached in 1:55:32, a world record was a certainty.

'I lack the words to describe how I feel, ' said Kipchoge, who ran the second half of the race in a rapid 60min 33sec.

The Olympic champion broke the record set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line. By 5k, Kipchoge was already nine seconds ahead of the field when he split 14:24 (2:01:31 pace), and by halfway (61:06) his margin was a enormous 1:01 over Wilson Kipsang.

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Second-placed Amos Kipruto was nearly five minutes back.

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.

He has won nine of the 10 marathons he has taken part. Simply targeting Kimetto's time wasn't enough; Kipchoge needed to show the world once and for all that he stands alone atop the 26.2 mile mountain.

In another victory for Kenyan athletics, Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new women's record for the course in Berlin.

Eliud Kipchoge now holds the marathon world record.

His split of 14:21 between the 25km and 30km mark was the fastest ever recorded in a Marathon, breaking his own previous mark set at the London Marathon in 2016 where he came close to breaking the record having covered the same distance in 1:27:13.

The time makes Cherono the fourth-best women's marathoner in history behind only Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25), Mary Keitany (2:17:01), and Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56).

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

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