Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line MARKUS SCHREIBER AP
Ellis Copeland | 16 September, 2018, 18:56

"I lack the words to describe how I feel", said Kipchoge, whose winning margin over Amos Kipruto in second place was nearly five minutes. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

It is the first time in the history of marathon racing that three women break 2:19 in a single race.

Kipchoge started off with a sizzling pace and quickly shook off his biggest opponent, Wilson Kipsang, to make it a one-man race.

He accelerated over the final two kilometres and with his eyes on the finishing line shone the crowd with his infectious smile, striding to cut the tape in a new record time, by a whooping one minute and 18 seconds.

Whiles two Ethiopians came in after Cherono; Ruti Aga (ETH) took second in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba finished third with 2:18:55.

But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favorable - Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pace-setting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy - that the time was not recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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.

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That 10km time was 23 seconds faster than Dennis Kimetto's world record pace, but Kimetto ran an incredibly fast second half.

The leading duo went through 25km in 1:12:24, and as Kipsang continued to fade in the second group, Kipchoge left Boit, who dropped out of the race.

Kipchoge has earned a reputation as the greatest marathon runner in history, having won Olympic gold in 2016 and this was his seventh Major Marathon title. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", added Kipchoge.

"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.

He won the London Marathon for a third time earlier this year and is the Olympic champion over the distance.

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

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