Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

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

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

Ahead of the race, Kipchoge, the defending Berlin champion, denied wanting to have a crack at fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's world record, saying he was merely after a personal best, but he left little doubt about his intentions when the starting gun fired in flawless running conditions in Berlin. Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.

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

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".

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply wonderful and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions", said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", he said.

The Kenyan, who won Olympic gold in 2016, enhanced his status as the greater marathoner in history by slicing 78 secs off the mark set by Dennis Kimetto on the same fast course in 2014.

Eliud Kipchoge now holds the marathon world record.

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.

Berlin has now been the stage for the last six men's world records over the distance. "That's what I believed (breaking World Record) and I am happy for it".

But even after the last one peeled off after 25-kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per 1,000-metres.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.

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

Kipchoge passed under the Brandenburg Gate with 400m to run and powered down the finishing chute to complete the greatest marathon ever run in 2:01:39.

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.

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