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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge Smashes World Marathon Record By Unbelievable 78 Seconds During Berlin Marathon

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge is definitely  the greatest marathoner ever. He earlier today won his third Berlin Marathon and setting a new world record of 2:01:39. Kipchoge set the new world record and cut his own personal best by well over a minute.  Eliud Kipchoge is also the 2016 Brazil Olympic Marathon champion.

 
Mens Race:
 
Kenyans swept the men’s race.
 
Kenya; Kipchoge's Sunday record time 2:01:39 put him well ahead the runner-up
 
 Kenya; Amos Kipruto, 2:06:23
 
Kenya; Third-placed Wilson Kipsang 2:06:48.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Below are Kipchoge's complete splits from his world record:
 
5K – 14:24
 
10K – 29:01 (14:37)
 
15K – 43:38 (14:37)  
 
20K – 57:56 (14:18)
 
HALF MARATHON – 1:01:06
 
25K – 1:12:24 (14:28)
 
30K – 1:26:45 (14:21)
 
35K – 1:41:01 (14:16)
 
40K – 1:55:32 (14:31)
 
FINISH – 2:01:39
 
 
 
 
 
 
Womens race:
 
 
Kenya; Gladys Cherono became the fourth-fastest woman in history and defended her title with a 2:18:11 course record victory.
 
Ethiopia; Ruti Aga (2:18:34)
 
Ethiopia;  Tirunesh Dibaba (2:18:55)
 
This was the first time in history that three women had run under 2:19.
 
 
 
In his win Kipchoge becomes the first person to ever run under 2:02:00, in a time that won't be beaten soon. Kipchoge ran at the front and lowered  the world record by a remarkable 78 seconds.
 
 “I had a great belief that I would run a world record,” Kipchoge told the TV broadcast. “But I didn’t know I’d run 2:01. I didn’t know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I’m happy for it.”
Ahead of the race, Kipchoge, the defending Berlin champion, denied wanting to have a crack at fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's world record. With three pacemakers in front of him, Kipchoge ran the first kilometre in just 2:43 - gapping the rest of the elite field immediately.
Kipchoge revealed that he planned on crossing the half marathon mark in 61 minutes. Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya was considered Kipchoge’s biggest challenger and opted to stick with his own pace crew to run 61:30 through the half.
 
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Kipchoge and  the team of three pacers took off and passed through the first 5K in 14:24 and then 10K in 29:21. Just after the 15K mark, pacers started dropping off. Kipchoge was left with Josphat Boit, who owns a personal best of 59:19 for the half marathon, as his lone rabbit. Boit took him through the halfway mark in 61:06 but then dropped out by 25K.
“It wasn’t the plan because I thought I would go with my first pacemaker through 30 kilometers,” Kipchoge said. “It was unfortunate but I had to believe.”
It was up to Kipchoge to run the final 17 kilometers alone and maintain the cushion of time that he built up to get under the world record.
After winning in world record time Kipchoge  threw his arms up on his head in disbelief and then jumped into the arms of his longtime coach, Patrick Sang.
 
 
Kipchoge received a total sum of €120,000 ($139,614) for his win, including €50,000 for the world record, €40,000 for coming in first and a €30,000 bonus for keeping his time below two hours and four minutes.
Germany's Foreign Ministry congratulated Kipchoge on Twitter, praising his time as a "fairy tale-like world record" and adding they were "thrilled" by it.
 
 
 
 
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