Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin


Kipchoge's three pacemakers were down to one by the 15km mark, but still the Olympic World Champions maintained a world record pace.

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

Attracting attention from all over the athletics world, Kipchoge's achievement is already being spoken of in the highest terms.

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. His intention was clear as he zoomed off the start line with his three pacers in tow, hitting the first kilometer in a blistering 2:43.

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

From an Irish perspective, his time would outstrip the best efforts of any Irish runner over the half-marathon. Boit took him through the halfway mark in 61:06 but then dropped out by 25K.

"I lack words to describe this day", admitted Kipchoge afterwards, briefly dumbstruck by what he had achieved. "It was unfortunate but I had to believe". It was a stark contrast to Kipchoge's run during Nike's Breaking2 attempt in May 2016. Kipchoge ended up running 2:00:25 but the time is not world record eligible due to the pacing strategy alterations.

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Once he was alone on Sunday, Kipchoge ended up speeding up. Kipchoge had covered 40km in a time of 1:56:32, a whooping 57 seconds of the record. His second half would ended up being run in 60:33.

He sprinted through the Brandenburg Gate to finish the 26 miles in triumphant style.

Kipchoge will be rewarded with a total sum of €120,000 ($139,614) for his performance on Sunday, including a €50,000 bonus for the world record, a €40,000 for coming first, and €30,000 bonus for keeping his time below two hours and four minutes. He broke the record by a minute and seventeen seconds.

"I'd said I was running my own course following my planning and I was confident".

"It was hard. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach".

Kenyans swept the men's and women's titles as Gladys Cherono became the fourth-fastest woman in history and defended her title with a 2:18:11 course record victory. Whiles two Ethiopians came in after Cherono; Ruti Aga (ETH) took second in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba finished third with 2:18:55.