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Eliud Kipchoge Crushes Marathon World Record at Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge.

With two hours of total marathon mastery, Eliud Kipchoge smashed the world record in Berlin today with 2:01:39, Writes Roger Robinson in Berlin.

This was a new world mark by 1 minute 18 seconds. Without question, Kipchoge sealed his place as the greatest marathoner of all time.

“I have the fastest marathon. But it is not the fastest marathon,” he said before the race referring to his unratified 2:00:25 the Nike Breaking2 project last year.

He gave himself an extra place in history today by breaking the world record by the biggest margin in more than 50 years, when Derek Clayton broke it by 2 minutes and 24 seconds in 1967.

The 6 minutes, 8 seconds that Kipchoge ran from 40K mark to the finish is also the fastest known in any major marathon, astounding for a man who seemed simply to keep going without any obvious sprint.

Running solo after his last pacer stopped soon after halfway (his split was 1:01:06), Kipchoge’s impeccable pacing and the focus of a Zen master gave him the official world record that has eluded him in a series of seven major victories, including the Olympics.

“It was always my ambition to smash the world record, and I felt very confident,” he said after the race. “My run at Monza (the Breaking2 trial) showed me there are no limits.

It went as planned. The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race,” Kipchoge said, always the thoughtful philosopher.

He is also always humble and appreciative.

“I am grateful to those who worked with me, especially my training colleagues and my coach, Patrick Sang. And the spectators gave me strength. In the last miles, they were music in my ears.”

Famous for his understated manner on the road and in person, Kipchoge revealed a rare jubilation after he crossed the line, instantly clapping and even brandishing one arm in triumph.

It wasn’t so much the win he celebrated, but more his final victory over the distance.

His first comment about plans for the future was a joke.

“I have run 2:03, 2:00, and today 2:01, so I must next run 2:02,” he said. “In Kenya, we say, never chase two rabbits. My rabbit has been the world record at Berlin. But definitely I’ll be coming back to Berlin, and absolutely I will try to defend my Olympic title.” In Tokyo in 2020, he will be 35.

“The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race.”

Now Kipchoge is, as he said in Berlin on Friday, “complete,” with the world fastest time (his 2:00:25 in Monza last year was ineligible for the world record because of various time-trial tactics), the Olympic title in 2016, and today’s world record.

Wilson Kipsang, who held the world record from 2013 to 2014 14, and today placed third, paid tribute to the undoubted king.

“What Eliud has achieved today is incredible,” he said. “I believed I was in good form, and it was a good comeback after some bad races last year, but the pace upfront was just too fast for me.”

To say no one noticed second and third, Amos Kipruto 2:06:23 and Kipsang 2:06:48, may seem impolite, but the day belonged to the 33-year-old Kenyan, with the only challenge being Gladys Cherono’s fast and tactical run being to retain her Berlin title, obtain the course record, and lift herself to be fourth fastest woman in marathon history.

This was a new world mark by 1 minute 18 seconds. Without question, Kipchoge sealed his place as the greatest marathoner of all time.

“I have the fastest marathon. But it is not the fastest marathon,” he said before the race, referring to his ungratified 2:00:25 the Nike Breaking2 project last year. He gave himself an extra place in history today by breaking the world record by the biggest margin in more than 50 years, when Derek Clayton broke it by 2 minutes and 24 seconds in 1967.

The 6 minutes, 8 seconds that Kipchoge ran from 40K mark to the finish is also the fastest known in any major marathon, astounding for a man who seemed simply to keep going without any obvious sprint.

Running solo after his last pacer stopped soon after halfway (his split was 1:01:06), Kipchoge’s impeccable pacing and the focus of a Zen master gave him the official world record that has eluded him in a series of seven major victories, including the Olympics.

“It was always my ambition to smash the world record, and I felt very confident,” he said after the race. “My run at Monza (the Breaking2 trial) showed me there are no limits.

It went as planned. The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race,” Kipchoge said, always the thoughtful philosopher.

He is also always humble and appreciative.

“I am grateful to those who worked with me, especially my training colleagues and my coach, Patrick Sang. And the spectators gave me strength. In the last miles, they were music in my ears.”

Famous for his understated manner on the road and in person, Kipchoge revealed a rare jubilation after he crossed the line, instantly clapping and even brandishing one arm in triumph.

It wasn’t so much the win he celebrated, but more his final victory over the distance.

His first comment about plans for the future was a joke.

“I have run 2:03, 2:00, and today 2:01, so I must next run 2:02,” he said. “In Kenya, we say, never chase two rabbits. My rabbit has been the world record at Berlin. But definitely I’ll be coming back to Berlin, and absolutely I will try to defend my Olympic title.” In Tokyo in 2020, he will be 35.

“The lesson of running is to train well, and then have full faith in your training and show the proof in the race.”

Now Kipchoge is, as he said in Berlin on Friday, “complete,” with the world fastest time (his 2:00:25 in Monza last year was ineligible for the world record because of various time-trial tactics), the Olympic title in 2016, and today’s world record.

Wilson Kipsang, who held the world record from 2013 to 2014 14, and today placed third, paid tribute to the undoubted king.

“What Eliud has achieved today is incredible,” he said. “I believed I was in good form, and it was a good comeback after some bad races last year, but the pace upfront was just too fast for me.”

Courtesy: Runners WORLD

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