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Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon World Record in Berlin

The Kenyan, who won Olympic gold in 2016, enhanced his status as the greater marathoner in history by slicing 78 secs off the mark set by Dennis Kimetto on the same fast course in 2014.

If it was expected that Kipchoge would be slowing down as the race progressed, then "the great philosopher" went exactly the opposite direction.

The world record is no stranger to Berlin as it has been set in this race in the last six times that it had been lowered before Sunday.

Landmark: Eliud Kipchoge celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Berlin Marathon.

At long last, the missing piece from Eliud Kipchoge's incredible résumé has been filled.

Shogo Nakamura of Japan narrowly missed setting a national record with a time of 2:08:16.

Kipchoge will be rewarded with a total sum of €120,000 ($139,614) for his performance on Sunday, including a €50,000 bonus for the world record, a €40,000 for coming first, and €30,000 bonus for keeping his time below two hours and four minutes.

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident".

"You have done us all extremely proud by breaking the Men's World Record at the Berlin marathon".

An ecstatic Kipchoge cut the tape with glee and excitement written all over his face, thumping his chest with both arms and letting out a scream that told just half the story of how much the record meant for him. By 5k, Kipchoge was already nine seconds ahead of the field when he split 14:24 (2:01:31 pace), and by halfway (61:06), his margin was a huge 1:01 over Wilson Kipsang.

"It's a breathless leap in the world of marathon running", said one excited commentator as Kipchoge passed 40km in 1:55:32.

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly two and a half minutes off the record in 1967. "Hongera (congratulations) Eliud Kipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics", added opposition leader Raila Odinga.

With rolling pacers, Kipchoge ran 2:00:26, but the run isn't considered a world record because of the controlled conditions.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, a women's record for the Berlin marathon.

Kipchoge has now won 10 of the 11 marathons he has run.