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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets world record at Berlin marathon

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Jeannette Daniel | 16 September, 2018, 18:48

The greatest marathoner of all-time can now call himself the fastest of all-time.

Legendary runner Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday won the Berlin Marathon and set a new world record.

'It was really hard during the last 17 kilometres but I was truly prepared to run my own race. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01. I didn't know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I'm happy for it".

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.

In the women's edition, Kenya's Gladys Cherono crossed the finish line first in two hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds to win the marathon in Berlin.

Kipchoge won his marathon debut in Hamburg in the spring of 2013 running 2:05:30.

With Boit doing a stellar job of maintaining his solitary charge at the front, the pair passed through 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 - nearly on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half.

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Fellow Kenyan Amos Kipruto came second in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, who was 25 seconds behind.

The Kenyan passed through five kilometers in 14:24 and 10 kilometers in 29:21. Just after the 15K mark, pacers started dropping off. Kipchoge was left with Josphat Boit, who owns a personal best of 59:19 for the half marathon, as his lone rabbit.

"I lack words to describe this day", said a beaming Kipchoge.

But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favorable - Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pace-setting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy - that the time was not recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

New York Times in a publication on Kipchoge wrote: "Elite distance runners generally run no more than two marathons each year".

Once he was alone on Sunday, Kipchoge ended up speeding up.

In doing so, he becomes the first person to ever run under 2:02:00, in a time that won't be beaten soon. 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 big 1:01 over Wilson Kipsang.

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