- Kenyan Eliud KIpchoge sets a new world record at the marathon in Berlin.
- He is the first runner to undercut the mark of two hours and two minutes.
In the third attempt Eliud Kipchoge has finally packed and crowned his triumph at the Berlin Marathon with a world record. The 33-year-old Kenyan lived up to his role as favorite on Sunday, starting the race from the start and racing through the finish in 2:01:39 on the road on 17 June. At first ideal weather conditions, the Olympic champion was 1:18 minutes faster than his compatriot Dennis Kimetto four years ago on the same course.
Kipchoge is thus the first who completed the classic 42.195 kilometers under 2:02 hours. "I was perfectly prepared and just wanted to run my race, now I am infinitely grateful and happy," said the winner. Second was Kipchoges compatriot Amos Kipruto (2:06:23 hours) ahead of former world record holder Wilson Kipsang (Kenya / 2: 06: 48).
Kipchoge is 39 seconds faster than the half-marathon mark
In the slipstream of his initially three Pacemaker Kipchoge immediately struck a fast pace and had already after five kilometers a lead of nine seconds on pursuers Kipsang. The half-marathon mark passed Kipchoge in 61:06 minutes – he was already 39 seconds faster than Kimetto in his record race. While Kipsang continued to push on the pace, Kipsang broke in at kilometer 25, but then was still third.
In addition to the sumptuous entrance fee, Kipchoge, already a millionaire by the sport, can look forward to a whopping premium of 120,000 euros: 50,000 euros for the world record, 40,000 for the win and 30,000 euros as a bonus for his time under 2:04 hours.
Kipchoge made for the 45th edition of the classic marathon for the already eighth men's world record in Berlin for 20 years. The last seven all fell on the fast capital course. For the fourth time in series, a long-distance runner from the Kenyan highlands set the record: after Patrick Makau (2011), Kipsang (2013) and Kimetto (2014), Kipchoge has now made it. Twice Kipchoge had failed in the attack on Kimetto's time: 2015 slowed him defective running shoes with herausschlappenden insoles; In the previous year, rain, wind and wet roads prevented the coronation – only 35 seconds were missing to Kimetto's fabulous time.
Kipchoge, who lives in Eldoret with his wife and three children, had even raced off the marathon in 2:00:25 hours – albeit under laboratory conditions. Although he had the fastest time at the Formula One circuit in Monza on 6 May 2017 for the "Breaking2" project, the IAAF World Athletics Federation did not recognize it as a world record. Among other things, because in the night race in each round the pacemakers were replaced.