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BY AFP,16TH SEPT 2018-Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is the new marathon World record holder.
Kipchoge smashed the previous world record by compatriot Dennis Kimetto by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds to retain his BMW Berlin Marathon title on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Kipchoge, who won in Berlin in 2015, edged out compatriot Amos Kipruto to second place in 2:06:20 as the 2013 Berlin Marathon champion Wilson Kipsang settled third in 2:06:47.
The world record stayed in Kenyans hands again after Patrick Makau ( 2:03:38) in 2011, Wilson Kipsang (2:03:23) in 2013 and Dennis Kimettto (2:02:57) in 2014.
All the world records came from the Berlin course.
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.
The 2003 World 5,000m champion build a 45 seconds inside Kimetto’s world record when passing the 35km mark in 1:41:03 before cruising past the 40km in 1:55:32 against Kimetto’s 1:56.32.
“I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply amazing and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions,” said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark.
“The last pacesetter went out at 25km mark but that still inspired me to continue pushing alone,” explained Kipchoge adding that he shall defend his title perhaps with another new record next year. “Berlin forever! I shall come back here next year.”