Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin marathon with a world record during the Berlin marathon held today in German.
At no time did Kipchoge wade outside the times set by the previous world record holder Dennis Kimetto as he smashed the record by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds to retain his Berlin Marathon title.
The 33-year-old Kipchoge edged out compatriot Amos Kipruto to second place in 2:06:22 as the 2013 Berlin Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang settled for third in 2:06:47.
The world record stayed in Kenyans hands once again after Patrick Makau (2:03:38) in 2011, Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23) in 2013 and Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57) in 2014. All the world records came from the Berlin course.
Kipchoge simply affirmed his pedigree as the greatest marathoner ever, blowing the field from the onset to win his third Berlin Marathon after previous exploits in 2015 (2:04:42) and 2017 (2:04:17).
Kipchoge broke the world record, beating their opponents by more than 30 seconds. The last time that happened was when Paul Tergat break Khalid Khannouchi’s record in Berlin in 2003 with a time of to 2:04:26.
It was also the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.
With a lone pacesetter doing great job, Kipchoge hit 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 – almost on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half. The leading duo went through 25km in 1:12:24, and as Kipsang faded in the second group.