Kipchoge smashes Marathon World Record

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon

MAJA HITIJ GETTY IMAGES Elite runners Wilson Kipsang and Eliud Kipchoge with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon

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.

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

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

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

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.

The world record stayed in Kenyans hands again after Patrick Makau ( 2:03:38) in 2011, Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23) in 2013 and Dennis Kimettto (2:02:57) in 2014.

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The marathon is officially his alone, by a long shot, and now that the final piece of his greatest-of-all-time puzzle is in place, Eliud Kipchoge can enjoy the view from the top.

Cherono won in 2:18:11, breaking the previous course record (2:19:12, Mizuki Noguchi, 2005) by over a minute.

But even after the last pacemaker 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, with thousands of Berliners lining the streets and firing him on.

The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195 kilometer race, took 1 minute 17 seconds off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time.

While Kipchoge savored his victory and the new record time, Kipruto who was celebrating his 24th birthday held his own to come in for second while Kipsang who dropped out of the race past year finished third. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". His unofficial time was 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, but that later was lowered by one second. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge. Past year he set the fastest ever time over the marathon distance on the Monza race track in Italy for Nike's Breaking2 project.

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