Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

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The greatest marathoner in history and the marathon world record holder are now one and the same- the 33-year-old Kenyan ran 2:01:39 (4:38/mile) on Sunday morning in Berlin to obliterate Dennis Kimetto's 2:02:57 mark that had stood since 2014. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". It certainly will go down as one of greatest spectacles the sport of running has ever seen, and will likely be a record that will stand for many years to come in the marathon.

With rolling pacers, Kipchoge ran 2:00:26, but the run isn't considered a world record because of the controlled conditions.

With Boit doing a stellar job of maintaining his solitary charge at the front, the pair passed through 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 - nearly on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge reacts after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply unbelievable 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. "It was unfortunate but I had to believe".

Race organizers initially timed Kipchoge a second slower but later corrected the time. It was a stark contrast to Kipchoge's run during Nike's Breaking2 attempt in May 2016.

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

Once he was alone on Sunday, Kipchoge ended up speeding up. He hit the 35K mark in 1:41:02 and started to get close to the 2:02 barrier.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through the half-way point in 1:01:06 before dropping out at 25 kilometres, which was covered in 1:12:24. His second half would ended up being run in 60:33. He broke the record by a minute and seventeen seconds. The celebration continued with Kipchoge taking pictures and embracing fans while the next runner would cross the finish line four minutes and 44 seconds later.

"I'd said I was running my own course following my planning and I was confident".

He added: "I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach - that's what pushed me in the last kilometres". Canadian Brent Lakatos won the men's wheelchair race for his first marathon victory. Ruti Aga (2:18:34) and Tirunesh Dibaba (2:18:55) rounded out the women's podium, which marked the first time in history that three women dipped under 2:19.

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