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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks world record at Berlin marathon

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge has smashed the marathon world record, clocking a time of two hours one minute 39 seconds in Berlin.

"They say you can miss it twice but not a third time.

So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", said Kipchoge, who past year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran 2:00:25 with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers.

Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge led the country's team in registering a stunning win at the 2018 Berlin Marathon after setting a new record of 2:1:39.

The marathon had initially given his unofficial time as 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, then adjusted it by one second.

Just think of that next time you head out for a morning run.

He has won 10 of the 11 marathons he has competed in, and also won Olympic gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

Kenya's golden outing at Berlin marathon: Kipchoge smashes record, Cherono dazzles
Athletics: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

Kipchoge, who previous year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace. "It was really hard [during the last 17 kilometres] but I was truly prepared to run my own race".

Berlin has now seen the last six men's world records over the distance set on its quick course.

"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.

As TUKO.co.ke reported, despite playing down intentions of breaking a world record, Kipchoge instantly showed his intent from the start of the race, and with only a handful of athletes able to keep pace with him at the early stages, he passed through five kilometres 14:24.

A proud Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Kipchoge, and his fellow countrymen - second-placed Amos Kipruto and third-placed Wilson Kipsang - as the East African trio made a podium sweep.

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

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