Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya sets new marathon world record

Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

But the toast of the day belonged to Eliud, arguably the best marathoner to ever grace the sport.

It was up to Kipchoge to run the final 17 kilometers alone and maintain the cushion of time that he built up to get under the world record. "That's what I believed (breaking World Record) and I am happy for it".

"Yes, it was tough running alone, but I was confident", he said.

Yet even after the last pacemaker peeled off after 25 kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing as thousands of Berliners lining the streets egged him on.

"I've run 2:00. I have run 2:01".

For a man that has been so superior to his contemporaries over the last few years in the marathon- he had won eight straight entering Sunday, and nine if you count the Breaking 2 event- Kipchoge wasn't afraid of setting a seemingly impossible pace.

The 33-year-old Kipchoge, who won in Berlin in 2015, edged out compatriot Amos Kipruto to second place in 2:06:20 as the 2013 Berlin Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang settled third in 2:06:47.

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.

That 10km time was 23 seconds faster than Dennis Kimetto's world record pace, but Kimetto ran an incredibly fast second half.

The women's race was understandably overshadowed by Kipchoge's heroics, but 35-year-old Kenyan Gladys Cherono had herself a marvelous day in Berlin as well.

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again.

She hopes to come back to race next year and hopefully break the course record, or another record again.

With two kilometres to go, it was now evident, Kimetto's record was going to fall.

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.

Top put Kipchoge's new time into context, the last time the marathon world record was beaten by over 30 seconds was when Paul Tergat lowered Khalid Khannouchi's mark to 2:04:26.

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