Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Kenyan marathoner defies logic to push limits of human physiology

Kenyan marathoner defies logic to push limits of human physiology

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.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record for the marathon in Berlin on Sunday, shaving more than a minute off the previous best. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres", Kipchoge said.

The 33-year-old Olympic champion, aided by a string of pacemakers through to 25km of the 42.195km race, took 1min 18sec off the previous best set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto.

Mild temperatures and little to no wind gave the runners of the 45th Berlin marathon an advantage over past year, when rain slowed the race.

Eliud Kipchoge is widely considered to be the greatest marathon runner of modern era.

Kenyans were left basking in glory on Sunday, 16 after the Berlin Marathon 2018 produced a masterclass from her athletes.

Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:11, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively.

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

"Yes, it was tough running alone, but I was confident", said Kipchoge, who finished well ahead of compatriots Amos Kipruto (2:06:23) in second and Wilson Kipsang (2:06:48) in third.

Organizers of the Berlin marathon initially put Kipchoge's time at 2 hours, 1 minute, 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.

"I lack words to describe this day", said a beaming Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 metres and marathon gold medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

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

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.

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