The two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge has bettered his own world record by 30 seconds at the Berlin Marathon. The Kenyan star clocked a time of two hours, one minute and nine seconds to beat his previous men’s world record time of 2:01:39 set on the same course in 2018.
Kipchoge has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic titles and 10 major championships. Eliud Kipchoge breaks men’s marathon world record by 30 seconds in Berlin Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya reinforced his reputation as arguably the best marathoner when he broke his own world record by 30 seconds at the Berlin Marathon. The 37-year-old Kenyan’s 2:01:09 was a significant improvement on his 2:01:39 in Berlin four years ago. In the first 2 kilometers, Kipchoge was helped by Noah Kipkemboi and Moses Koech, who ran at their pace.
A happy Eliud said: “No limits, after 38k I knew I could break the world record. The conditions were excellent, as was the organization of the event. I am very happy with today and I am impressed with the fans and their support”.
Before Sunday’s marathon, it was expected that Kipchoge would officially enter the record books as the first marathon under two hours. Kipchoge’s course and class seemed possible, but this time it was not.
The Berlin Marathon course is considered the fastest in the world because of its flat, smooth course. Kipchoge’s record on Sunday was the 12th time the marathon world record has been set in Berlin. Three of them were women.