Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin


Germany: Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday has set a new marathon world record by winning the 45th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany. He finished the race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds.

The 33-year-old through 25km of the 42.195km race, smashed the new world record and cut his own personal best by well over a minute.

Earlier, he had won the title twice before in Berlin. He broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 17 seconds.

Kipchoge raised the bar for the longest athletic race setting an extraordinary time of 2:01:39, beating a 2014 world record set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto.

The Kenyan passed through five kilometres in 14:24 and 10 kilometres in 29:21. But shortly after 15 kilometres, which was reached in 43:38, two of the three pacemakers were unable to continue and withdrew from the race.

The final pacemaker, Josphat Boit, led Kipchoge, before dropping out at 25 kilometres covered the half way point in 1:12:24.

Running alone with 17 kilometres, Kipchoge then sped up and passed the 35-kilometre checkpoint just in 1:41:00. He finished 40 kilometres in 1:55:32.

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