Kenyan Kipchoge shatters marathon world record in Berlin

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Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles

The 33-year-old Olympic champion ran a time of two hours, one minute and 40 seconds to best fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's record of 2:02:57 set in Berlin back in 2014. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time.

The Kenyan sped up to pass the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible.

Kipchoge won on Sunday by a ridiculous 4:44, as no other man broke 2:06.

Ahead of the race, Kipchoge was more reserved about his expectations and told reporters that he was simply aiming to lower his personal best of 2:03:05.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, which was covered in 1:12:24.

He kept injecting the pace and by the 30km mark, he was a massive 52 seconds inside World Record pace having covered the distance in a time of 1:26:45. It was just a matter of how much time he could take off Kimetto's record.

With weather conditions flawless and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark.

"It's a breathless leap in the world of marathon running", said one excited commentator as Kipchoge passed 40km in 1:55:32.

"It was hard", Kipchoge later admitted.

It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967. It certainly will go down as one of greatest spectacles the sport of running has ever seen, and will likely be a record that will stand for many years to come in the marathon. Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was considered Kipchoge's biggest challenger and opted to stick with his own pace crew to run 61:30 through the half.

Kipchoge did not stop running at the finish line but accelerated.

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang (R) and Eliud Kipchoge (3L) with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon.

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