Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Ethiopian duo Aga Ruti and Tirunesh Dibaba finished second and third - clocking 2:18:34 and 2:18:55 respectively.

Eliud Kipchoge is widely considered to be the greatest marathon runner of modern era.

But the toast of the day belonged to Eliud, arguably the best marathoner to ever grace the sport.

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

Kipchoge ran at the front from the very first metre, and despite some turbulent times in the first third of the race when his pacers faltered, stormed home to take another win and lower the world record by a remarkable 78 seconds. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

"It wasn't the plan because I thought I would go with my first pacemaker through 30 kilometers", Kipchoge said.

Kenya's Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has set a sensational new world record on Sunday.

He was not necessarily targeting Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57, which was set on the same course in 2014.

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An ecstatic Kipchoge cut the tape with glee and excitement written all over his face, thumping his chest with both arms and letting out a scream that told just half the story of how much the record meant for him.

Breaking down Kipchoge's time, however, is where the manner of his achievement really comes into focus.

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 egging him on. Previous year he set the fastest ever time over the marathon distance on the Monza race track in Italy for Nike's Breaking2 project.

As the race progressed, it was now never a question of if, but when he would be breaking the World Record, for the seventh time in the same course, over the last 15 years.

With good weather on the right course, there was little doubt after Monza that Kipchoge would soon seal his legacy by owning the world record.

It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.

The Kenyan sped up to pass the 35-kilometre checkpoint just a shade outside 1:41:00, suggesting a finishing time inside 2:02 was possible.

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