Kenyan Kipchoge Smashes Marathon World Record

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

The gold medal victor from the 2016 Rio Olympics cemented his status as one of the all-time greats with his remarkable run.

Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge pulverised the marathon world record with a blistering run on Sunday, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best to land the one major running crown that had eluded him.

"I lack words to describe this day", admitted Kipchoge afterwards, briefly dumbstruck by what he had achieved.

"I had a great belief that I would run a world record", Kipchoge told the TV broadcast. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

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

The marathon had initially given his unofficial time as 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, then adjusted it by one second.

The world record is no stranger to Berlin as it has been set in this race in the last six times that it had been lowered before Sunday.

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With three pacemakers in front of him, Kipchoge ran the first kilometre in just 2:43 - gapping the rest of the elite field immediately.

Kenya completed their podium sweep with Amos Kipruto in second place more than five minutes later and Kipsang, a former world record holder back in 2013, in third.

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.

Germany's Foreign Ministry congratulated Kipchoge on Twitter, praising his time as a "fairy tale-like world record" and adding they were "thrilled" by it.

His feat came as Kevin Mayer set a decathlon world record with a total of 9,126 points in his native France on Sunday, topping a previous best of 9,045 points set by American Ashton Eaton three years ago.

There was a Kenyan double as Gladys Cherono ran 2:18:11, a course record and world leading time, to win the women's race.

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