Amazing Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record in Berlin

Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles

Ahead of the race, Kipchoge was more reserved about his expectations and told reporters that he was simply aiming to lower his personal best of 2:03:05.

Whiles two Ethiopians came in after Cherono; Ruti Aga (ETH) took second in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba finished third with 2:18:55.

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

You'd have to go back 50-years to find a single bigger world record leap than Kipchoge's this weekend. But what more it more impressive still was the fact that Kipchoge had to run the last 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) alone after his pacemakers dropped out early.

The 33-year-old, a three-time victor of the London Marathon, has now won 10 of the 11 marathons he has contested.

The 33-year old who came eight seconds close to breaking the 2:02:57 mark at the London Marathon in 2016 ran a race against the clock nearly the entire race becoming the first man ever to run the marathon under two hours and two minutes, as he achieved a target he had longed for.

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.

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The fastest German was Valentin Harwardt with 2:19:54.

But even after the last one 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. The only question was how far inside Kimetto's record he would get.

"It was hard", Kipchoge later admitted.

Kipchoge passed under the Brandenburg Gate with 400m to run and powered down the finishing chute to complete the greatest marathon ever run in 2:01:39.

Kipchoge ran virtually half the race alone after dropping the last pacemaker Josephat Bout at the 25km mark having taken him through in 1:12:24 which was 36 seconds within World Record pace.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.

Since debuting in the event in Hamburg in 2013, Kipchoge has won World Marathon Majors series runs in Chicago (2014), Berlin (2015 and 2017) and London (2015, 2016 and 2018).

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