Kenyan great Eliud Kipchoge broke his own marathon world record by 30 seconds by running 2 hours, 01 minutes, 10 seconds in Berlin on Sunday. At the halfway point, the back-to-back Olympic champion in Rio and Tokyo looked set to become the first to officially run under the elusive two-hour mark. But despite a slight delay, the 37-year-old kept his own record from Berlin in 2018.
Kenya’s Mark Korir was second behind his compatriot with a time of 2:05:58, while Ethiopia’s Tadu Abate was third with 2:06:28.
Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu, who kept up with Kipchoge for about two-thirds of the race, held on to fourth.
Kipchoge, who said on Friday his only aim was to “run a good race”, burst into flames, clearly aiming not only for a world record but also to break the two-hour mark.
A group of around seven runners kept up with Kipchoge for the first 10km, before 2021 winner Guye Adola and Belihiu pulled away after 15km.
Unable to maintain the pace, Adola began to drop back after 11 miles, with both Kipchoge and Belihu crossing the half-marathon mark in less than an hour.
Kipchoge emerged alone after 25 kilometers and was still on pace for the sub-two hour mark, but started to slow down slightly despite still holding the world record in his sights.
Kipchoge became just the second man to win four Berlin Marathons, alongside Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie who owned the event from 2006 to 2009.
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