Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record
Eliud Kipchoge beat the marathon world record with a time of two hours, one minute and thirty-nine seconds in Berlin, Germany on Sunday, shattering Kimetto Denis Kipruto’s previous time by one minute and eighteen seconds.
The 33-year old Kenyan, who also won the 2015 edition of the event, beat fellow countryman Amos Kipruto, who finished second. Kipruto ran the race in two hours six minutes twenty seconds (2:06:20) and ahead of 2013 Berlin Champion Wilson Kipsang who finished on two hours six minutes forty-seven seconds (2:06:47) to come in third.
The previous record of two hours two minutes fifty-seven seconds (2:02:57) was set by Kimetto Denis Kipruto in the 2014 edition of the Berlin marathon. Kipchoge broke the record by one minute twenty seconds and increased his incredible marathon record to 10 road marathon wins and earned his third win at the Berlin marathon.
Kipchoge has been in great form and came to Berlin with a recent win in the London Marathon in April for the third time in his career. This victory was, however, his biggest in his industrious career and was an even greater achievement considering he had to run the last 10.5 miles alone after his pacemakers dropped out of the race early.
Kipchoge grabbed the attention of the marathon world in 2013 after winning the Hamburg event in two hours five minutes thirty seconds (2:05:30). His worst ever position was a second place finish in 2013 at the Berlin Marathon where he was defeated by Wilson Kipsang. In that race Kipsang set a World record to win in two hours three minutes twenty three seconds (2:03:23). That record was broken the following year.
He came close to becoming the first athlete to run under two hours by just 25 seconds when he clocked two hours twenty five seconds (2:00:25) in a closed car racing circuit race in Monza, Italy. The time could not be recognised as the conditions did not qualify for a World record as there were pace setters that were rested during the race.
Kipchoge said he will feature in next year’s Berlin marathon to defend his title and he hopes to break his current record. He told reporters in Berlin that he wasn’t attempting to beat Dennis Kimetto’s world record of 2:02:57 but was just trying to lower his personal best of 2:03:05.
He however expressed the difficulty in winning and his delight at taking the record. After the race, he said:
It was hard, I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself.– Eliud Kipchoge, Marathon runner