Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge smashes marathon world record in Berlin

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

"But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

With rolling pacers, Kipchoge ran 2:00:26, but the run isn't considered a world record because of the controlled conditions.

Breaking down Kipchoge's time, however, is where the manner of his achievement really comes into focus.

Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:11, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively.

And on a pleasant autumn day in Berlin the 33-year-old lived up to that billing - and more - as he proved beyond doubt that he is the greatest long distance runner in history by obliterating the marathon world record.

With Boit doing a stellar job of maintaining his solitary charge at the front, the pair passed through 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 - nearly on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half.

Amos Kipruto of Kenya was second in 2:06:23 with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, the former world record holder, third in 2:06:48.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge reacts after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.

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The Kenyan passed through five kilometers in 14:24 and 10 kilometers in 29:21. Boit took him through the halfway mark in 61:06 but then dropped out by 25K. "It was unfortunate but I had to believe".

Kipchoge kept up the pace to sprint through the Brandenburg Gate and complete a world record run that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time. It was a stark contrast to Kipchoge's run during Nike's Breaking2 attempt in May 2016. Sunday's marathon marked the first time in history that three women have broken 2:19 in the same race.

Once he was alone on Sunday, Kipchoge ended up speeding up. By 5k, Kipchoge was already nine seconds ahead of the field when he split 14:24 (2:01:31 pace), and by halfway (61:06) his margin was a huge 1:01 over Wilson Kipsang. His second half would ended up being run in 60:33.

Kipchoge will be rewarded with a total sum of €120,000 ($139,614) for his performance on Sunday, including a €50,000 bonus for the world record, a €40,000 for coming first, and €30,000 bonus for keeping his time below two hours and four minutes.

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.

Kipchoge did not stop running at the finish line but accelerated.

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident". I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach.

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