Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the greatest marathon runner of all times, sets world record

Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya's long-distance runner who is also the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the marathon set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday. Kipchoge won the race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.

 

After his win, the Berlin Marathon tweeted, "a new world record that will be remembered for decades," describing Kipchoge as "the greatest marathon runner of all times." Kipchoge, 33-year-old, who is 5 foot 6 and weighs 115 pounds, ran 26 straight miles with an unbelievable fast pace at 4-minute and 38-second per miles. He broke the previous world record by more than one minute, an improvement not seen in five decades, the Berlin Marathon added.

 

After his astounding finish, Kipchoge said:

"I lack the words to describe how I feel. It was really hard, but I was truly prepared to run my own race. I had to focus on the work I had put in Kenya and that is what helped push me."

 

According to the International Association of Athletics Federations, Kipchoge has won 10 of the 11 marathons he ran. The only time he did not win was in Berlin five years ago, when he finished second.
 

For the men’s race:

Amos Kipruto of Kenya finished second in 2:06:23
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya finished third in 2:06:48.


For the women's race:

Gladys Cherono of Kenya finished first in 2:18:11,
Ruti Aga of Ethiopia finished second in 2:18:34
Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia finished third in 2:18:55.

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