Kenya Marathon Master Eliud Kipchoge Smashes World Record

Kenyan Marathon Master Eliud Kipchoge Smashes World Record

"I was prepared to run my own race early, so I was not surprised to be alone, I trained very well for this race and I have full confidence in my coach's programs, I am so incredibly happy to have finally set the world record as I never I stopped believing in myself. "

Acclaimed as the best marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated the marathon races since his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful run on the track that led him to win gold and silver in the world (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) in the same distance.

He has added 10 victories in the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also in London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold, as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago.

In the German capital on Sunday, Kipchoge only had a handful of pacemakers for the company from the early stages of the race.

The Kenyan crossed five kilometers at 14:24 and 10 kilometers at 29:21.

But shortly after the 15 kilometers, which was reached at 43:38, two of the three pacemakers could not continue and withdrew from the race.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, took Kipchoge to the halfway point in 1:01:06 before dropping to 25 kilometers, covered in 1:12:24.

Final solitaire 17km

Running alone with 17 kilometers to the left, Kipchoge then accelerated.

He passed the 35-kilometer checkpoint in the shade at 1:41:00, suggesting that a time of arrival was possible within 2:02. In 40 kilometers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record seemed a certainty.

Kipchoge kept his form well in the final stages to crush his compatriot Kimetto.

"Yes, it was difficult to run alone, but I had confidence," said Kipchoge, who finished well ahead of compatriots Amos Kipruto (2:06:23) in the second and Wilson Kipsang (2:06:48) in the third.

"I said that I was running my own career following my planning and I had confidence."

Kipchoge was agonizingly close to sports immortality by running almost the first two-hour marathon last year.

He missed the mythical brand for only 25 seconds.

But the race conditions at the Nike sponsored event were so favorable: Kipchoge ran behind a six-man team and was followed by a timing vehicle at a race track in Monza, Italy, which time was not recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

There was a Kenyan double, since Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11, a lap record and a world leader date, to win the women's race.

The Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second in 2:18:34 and the six times world medalist and six times world number Tirunesh Dibaba, third (2:18:55), making more history since it was the first time that three women broke 2: 19 in a race