Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record on Sunday in Berlin, breaking the previous record when he drove 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds.
The 33-year-old Olympic champion, supported by a series of pacemakers up to 25 km of the 42.195 km long race, took 1min 18sec from the best set of Dennis Kimetto four years ago.
It was the biggest improvement in the world marathon record since Derek Clayton improved the mark at 2:23 in 1967.
"My only words are, thanks!" Said Kipchoge, who sprinted into the lead after 100 yards and never let up.
"I was ready to start my own race early, so I was not surprised to be alone, I trained so well for this race and have complete confidence in my coach's programs, I'm just incredibly happy, finally setting the world record because I have never stopped believing in myself. "
As the biggest marathon runner of modern times, Kipchoge has been one of the world's biggest marathon runners since his debut in Hamburg in 2013. After a successful career with gold and silver medals (2003, 2007) in 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance.
He has won 10 victories out of the 11 marathons he has driven, 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.
Kipchoge ran the last 2,195 km in 6:08, which is 2: 47.6 per km. It's 13:58 5km pace, so in the end he accelerates to 2:02. The WR will not be challenged for a long time now. #berlinmarathon
– Ross Tucker (@Scienceofsport) September 16, 2018
Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for bringing this house! It was a spectacular race that set a new marathon world record of 2:01:39 in the Berlin Marathon. Thumbs up also Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang for a2nd and 3rd place finish. Kenya is proud! Nandi is proud! #TugaTai pic.twitter.com/yyDoVIUYgi
– Stephen Sang (@Araap_Sang) September 16, 2018
In the German capital, Kipchoge had only a handful of pacemakers for the company on Sunday.
The Kenyan crossed five kilometers in 14:24 and 10 kilometers in 29:21. But shortly after 15 kilometers, which were reached in 43:38, two of the three pacemakers could not continue and retired from the race.
The last cardiac pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge through in half in 1:01:06 before breaking off on 25 kilometers in 1:12:24.
– single final 17km –
With 17 kilometers Kipchoge went on alone. He passed the 35-kilometer checkpoint just outside 1:41:00, indicating that a target time was possible within 2:02 hours. After 40 kilometers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record seemed to be a certainty.
Kipchoge kept his shape well in the final stages to batter countryman Kimetto's previous best.
"Yes, it was hard to walk alone, but I was confident," said Kipchoge, who overtook compatriots Amos Kipruto (2:06:23) in second and Wilson Kipsang (2:06:48) in third.
"I said I was planning my own race, and I was confident." Kipchoge tormented the immortality of the sport by almost completing the first two-hour underwater marathon last year.
He missed the mythical brand only 25 seconds.
But the race conditions at the event sponsored by Nike were so favorable – Kipchoge ran behind a six-person pace setting team and was tracked by a time trial vehicle at a racetrack in Monza, Italy – that time was not recognized by the International Federation Athletics Federations (IAAF).
There was a Kenyan doubles when Gladys Cherono drove 2:18:11, one track record and one world time to win the women's race.
The Ethiopian Ruti Aga finished second in 2:18:34 and the six-time Olympic champion and six-time world medalist Tirunesh Dibaba finished third (2:18:55). He made more history, since it was the first time that three women 2:19 went into the air a race