Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

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

    Kipchoge became the new world record holder after running 2:01:39 to establish himself as one of the best distance runners in history.

    He broke the previous world record set in Berlin by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds an improvement that had not been witnessed in fifty years.

    It was a clean sweep for Kenya after Amos Kipruto came in second with 2:06:23 while Wilson Kipsang won with 2:06:48 as the unofficial time.

    Kenya's Gladys Cherono also smashed the Berlin marathon coming first in the women's race after running 2:18:10 (unofficial) and setting a new course record and world-leading time.

    Winner of the 2018 Berlin World Marathon Gladys Cherono

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

    He finished second in Berlin a few months later behind Wilson Kipsang, a fellow Kenyan who needed to set what was then a world record to outlast Kipchoge in the final miles. 

    Kipchoge has since gone undefeated: 8 for 8, including a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games.

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

    The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin. Kipchoge has that rare LeBron-esque quality. He is the outlier among outliers. His races will never be slow and tactical."

    Amos Kipruto who came in second at the 2018 Berlin Marathon
    Wilson Kipsang who came in third at the 2018 Berlin Marathon