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Kenya’s Marathon Icon Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Own Record In Berlin

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Eliud Kipchoge has done it again! Kenyan distance runner won the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. He smashed his own world record by 30 seconds, in a short time of two hours, one minute, and nine seconds (2:01.09).

The winner and a champion

Eliud Kipchoge broke his previous record by half a minute in the German capital four years ago. He has won 15 of his career’s 17 marathons, two Olympic triumphs and 10 major titles. He set a 12:52.79 minutes record for men in the World Championship 5000 m in 2033 and gained the title five times in his name. He is popularly considered as the greatest marathon runner and one of the greatest sportsmen in history.

Expressing his happiness, he posted in Twitter, “Limits are there to be broken. By you and me together. I can say that I am beyond happy today that the official world record is once again faster. Thank you to all the runners in the world that inspire me every day to push myself.  Berlin, I cannot express my gratitude enough. From the organization to the fans but also all the participants today who all won their own race today. To my family, teammates and staff, and all my sponsors who support me endlessly. Thank you.”

How Kipchoge clenched victory

The 37-year-old covered the race’s first 10 kilometers in just 28 minutes and 23 seconds. However, he slowed at the 30-kilometer mark, completing in just one hour, 25 minutes, and 40 seconds. Guye Adola, the current winner, and Andamlak Belihu, an Ethiopian, were unable to catch upto Kipchoge’s pace and withdrew in the latter stages of the race.

Eliud Kipchoge completed the first half of the marathon in 59 minutes and 51 seconds while the second half in 61 minutes and 18 seconds. He was just five minutes ahead of fellow countryman Mark Korir, who finished second with a time of two hours, five minutes, and 58 seconds.

Kipchoge completed the marathon course for the Ineos 1:59 Challenge on October 12, 2019 in Vienna, Austria, clocking a time of 1:59:40.2. Because typical competition regulations for pacing and fluids were not followed and it was not an open event, the run did not qualify as a new marathon record.

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