Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record

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

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

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.

Kipchoge maintained his form well in the closing stages to smash compatriot Kimetto's previous best. "But I didn't know I'd run 2:01".

Kipchoge kept up the pace to sprint through the Brandenburg Gate and complete a world record race that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time.

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.

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Kipchoge came agonizingly close to sporting immortality by almost running the first sub two-hour marathon a year ago.

The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute, 18 seconds.

A few minutes later Gladys Cherono won the women's race in Berlin in a course record of 2:18:11, making her the fourth fastest woman in history behind Paula Radcliffe, Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba. But what more it more impressive still was the fact that Kipchoge had to run the last 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) alone after his pacemakers dropped out early.

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. "I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself".

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He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.

But, at the 30km mark Kipchoge was 52 seconds ahead of WR pace and the magic 2:02:57 mark was within sight again.

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.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.

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He has won nine of the 10 marathons he has taken part.

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