Eliud Kipchoge, from Kenya breaks marathon world record
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge raised the bar for marathon runners across the globe on Sunday, setting an extraordinary time of 2:01:39 and beating a 2014 world record by compatriot Dennis Kimetto, which was also set in Germany’s capital.
The 33-year-old Kipchoge, regarded as one of the greatest long-distance runners of his generation, won in Berlin in 2015 and 2017, positing times of 2:04:00 and 2:03:32 respectively.
“I lack words to describe this day,” said Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 meters who also won a gold medal running the marathon for the Brazil Olympic Games in 2016 . “I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record.