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. Halfway through, the back-to-back Olympic champion in Rio and Tokyo looked set to become the first to officially stay below the elusive two-hour mark. But despite a slight delay, the 37-year-old kept his best record from Berlin in 2018.
Kenyan Mark Korir finished second behind his compatriot with a time of 2:05:58, while Ethiopian Tadu Abate was third with 2:06:28.
Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu, who kept up with Kipchoge for about two-thirds of the race, held onto fourth.
Kipchoge, who on Friday said his only goal was to “drive a good race”, burst out, clearly aiming not only for a world record, but also to improve in the two hours.
A group of about seven runners kept up with Kipchoge for the first 10 kilometres, before 2021 winner Guye Adola and Belihiu pulled away after 15 kilometres.
Unable to keep up the pace, Adola began to fall back after 11 miles, with both Kipchoge and Belihu reaching the half marathon in under an hour.
Kipchoge came out on his own after 25 kilometers and was still on pace for the under two hour mark, but started to slow down a bit despite still having the world record in his sights.
Kipchoge became just the second man to win four Berlin marathons along with Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie who owned the event from 2006 to 2009.
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