Clean sweep for Kenya at Berlin marathon as Kipchoge smashes World record

Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Two of the most gruelling world records in athletics fell within seven hours of each other yesterday as Eliud Kipchoge went within 100 seconds of running a sub-two-hour marathon in Berlin, before Kevin Mayer set five personal bests on the way to demolishing the world decathlon record at a small meeting in southern France.

Kipchoge arrived on the world marathon scene at Hamburg in 2013 following a successful track career that left him with a collection of Olympic medals and world titles.

The 33-year-old broke the world record by the biggest margin since Derek Clayton beat it by two minutes and 24 seconds in 1967.

"They say you can miss it twice but not a third time.

So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who past year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers.

A total of 44,389 runners from 133 countries took part in the race, organizers said.

He quickly shook off his biggest opponent, Wilson Kipsang, to make it a one-man show and with weather conditions ideal and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock.

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There was a Kenyan double as Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11, a course record and world leading time, to win the women's race.

It was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", he said.

"Kipchoge hit the half way mark with one pacesetter in 57:26 minutes, way inside Kimetto world record by one minute and nine seconds before hitting 1:26:45 against Kimetto's 1" 27:38 at 30km mark.

All the world records came from the Berlin course.

"It was hard. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach. @EliudKipchoge is a monster congrats champ I will live to remember this day it will take a generation to see another run like that", former Boston Marathon champion Wesley Korir added on Twitter.

He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.

Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:22, while former world record holder Wilson Kipsang emerged third in 2:06:47, in what will be a historic race for the marathoners.

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