New marathon world record set in Berlin

New marathon world record set in Berlin

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

This latest triumph is certain to earn Kipchoge - considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time - at least $1 million (Sh100m) in prize money and bonuses.

In breaking world record, the 33-year-old clocked two hours, one minute 39 seconds to shave more than a minute off the record of 2:02:57 set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.

"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time", he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.

"So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who previous year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers.

- Kipchoge ran out a comfortable victor in the Berlin marathon in a record time of 2:01:40.

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Kipchoge is regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time.

"To be precise, I am just going to try to run my personal best".

Kipchoge, who a year ago took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace.

But even after the last pacemaker peeled off after 25km, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per km, with thousands of Berliners lining the streets and firing him on. "@EliudKipchoge is a monster congrats champ I will live to remember this day it will take a generation to see another run like that", former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir added on Twitter. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach.

He equally applauded Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang for scooping the second and third place respectively. Canadian Brent Lakatos won the men's wheelchair race for his first marathon victory.

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