Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Kenyan runner's stunning time smashes marathon world record

Kenyan runner's stunning time smashes marathon world record

Kimetto's record had stood since the Kenyan set it at the same course in 2014 but Kipchoge's run will likely take some time to break as it is the biggest improvement on the marathon record since Australian Derek Clayton shaved nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.

Manuela Schar also set a world record while winning the women's wheelchair race in 1:36:53.

Eliud Kipchoge now holds the marathon world record.

The 33-year-old, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, ran an official time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds on a sunny day along the flat inner-city course, smashing Dennis Kimetto's previous record that had stood since 2014.

An ecstatic Kipchoge cut the tape with glee and excitement written all over his face, thumping his chest with both arms and letting out a scream that told just half the story of how much the record meant for him.

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He passed the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible.

"I had a great belief that I would run a world record", Kipchoge told the TV broadcast.

Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second in 2:18:34 and six-time Olympic and six-time world medallist Tirunesh Dibaba third (2:18:55), making more history as it was the first time three women have broken 2:19 in one race.

"I lack the words to describe how I feel", said Kipchoge, whose winning margin over Amos Kipruto in second place was nearly five minutes.

"They say you can miss it twice but not third time".

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Mild temperatures and little to no wind gave the runners of the 45th Berlin marathon an advantage over past year, when rain slowed the race.

The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin".

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 came agonisingly close to sporting immortality by almost running the first sub two-hour marathon past year.

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