Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after winning the Berlin Marathon alongside a clock showing his World Record breaking time.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono for setting new records in the Berlin Marathon men and women races.
"I lack words to describe this day", admitted Kipchoge afterwards, briefly dumbstruck by what he had achieved.
Kipchoge became the new world record holder after running 2:01:39 to establish himself as one of the best distance runners in history. I have trained so well for this race and have full trust in the programs of my coach.
"I'd said I was running my own race following my planning and I was confident". He broke the record by a minute and seventeen seconds. Kipchoge crushed the majority of the second half by himself- the final pacer dropped out just past 25k- after hitting the half marathon in 61:06.
"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.
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During the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Kipchoge won a gold medal in the marathon, having previously claimed silver in Beijing 2008 and bronze in Athens 2004 both in the 5000m.
"I'm thrilled by what Kipchoge and his colleagues have done to showcase our country's ability in sports". It was just a matter of how much time he could take off Kimetto's record.
Eliud Kipchoge crosses the start line.
He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.
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.
For the women's race, Kenyan Gladys Cherono won in 2:18:11, followed by Ethiopians Ruti Aga in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba in 2:18:55.