Clean sweep for Kenya at Berlin marathon as Kipchoge smashes World record

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line of the Berlin Marathon in a world record time

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the finish line of the Berlin Marathon in a world record time

"On behalf of an adoring nation and my Government, I congratulate you all for going out valiantly to bring a sterling victory for Kenya in the Marathon.

I most of the race on my own so I had to keep pushing and keep my composure", Kipchoge, a three-time London Marathon champion said.

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

The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin".

Kipchoge's run was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took nearly 2min 30sec off the record in 1967. "Kenya is proud of you", Kenyatta wrote on Twitter.

With weather conditions ideal and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark.

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His only marathon defeat so far was also in Berlin in 2013, when he was defeated by former world record holder and fellow Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang. Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono. "But I would treat it as a personal best." he said before the race as reported by New York Times.

Afterwards, he said the run had been "hard".

The 33-year-old ran an official time of time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds in Berlin on Sunday to beat Dennis Kimetto's world best by a minute and 18 seconds in the German capital in 2014.

Running alone with 17 kilometres left, Kipchoge then sped up. Since moving to the marathon in 2012, Kipchoge was won 10 of 11 races over 26.2 miles, including gold in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

This follows a partnership between the Olympic champion and truck and bus manufacturer Isuzu East Africa, which entails the athlete working as a brand ambassador of the firm.

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