Kenyan Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record on Sunday, shaving 78 seconds off the previous best with a dazzling run in Berlin. David Doyle reports.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge emphatically set a new marathon world record on Sunday (September 16) with a blistering run in Berlin, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best.
The 33-year-old Olympic champion – widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era – sprinted through Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate to set a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.
That smashed his countryman Dennis Kimetto’s record which has held since 2014.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BERLIN MARATHON WINNER AND WORLD RECORD HOLDER, ELIUD KIPCHOGE, SAYING:
“I want to say actually thank you to all the spectators from the first kilometer to the last kilometer, they really pushed me, it was like having music in my ears.”
Berlin’s flat course and a sunny, windless day provided the optimum conditions for a fast race and after quickly shaking off his main rival, Wilson Kipsang, Kipchoge’s only opponent was the clock.
Amos Kipruto finished second and Kipsang was third granting Kenya a clean sweep of the podium.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was quick to congratulate all three as well as another Kenyan, Gladys Cherono.
She won the women’s race with a course record and best time of the year – finishing in two hours, eighteen minutes and eleven seconds.
All in all, a great day for Kenyan athletes.