Kenyan Sets World Record at Berlin Marathon

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Kipchoge won Olympic gold in Rio in 2016, plus this year's London Marathon and his run in Berlin now marks him down as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time.

Eliud Kipchoge has cemented his position as the greatest marathoner ever by winning his third Berlin Marathon and setting a new world record of 2:01:39.

'I lack the words to describe how I feel, ' said Kipchoge, who ran the second half of the race in a rapid 60min 33sec.

"It was really hard, but I was prepared to run my own race early so I wasn't surprised to be alone".

It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967. Kipchoge crushed the majority of the second half by himself- the final pacer dropped out just past 25k- after hitting the half marathon in 61:06.

Kipchoge, 33, is the reigning Olympic champion in the marathon and has run the fastest recorded time over 26.2 miles-a blistering 2 hours and 25 seconds- as part of a Nike-sponsored marketing event a year ago that wasn't a ratified race.

Mild temperatures and little to no wind gave the runners of the 45th Berlin marathon an advantage over previous year, when rain slowed the race.

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Kipchoge won his marathon debut in Hamburg in the spring of 2013 running 2:05:30.

"Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the world record at the Berlin marathon 2018".

Organizers of the Berlin marathon initially put Kipchoge's time at 2 hours, 1 minute, 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.

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

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama took to Twitter on Sunday morning to congratulate his fellow Kenyan, posting a picture of the pair at Spurs' training ground holding a club shirt with the runners name on it.

Kenyans swept the men's and women's titles as Gladys Cherono became the fourth-fastest woman in history and defended her title with a 2:18:11 course record victory.