He won the Berlin marathon in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds, improving the old record by more than a minute.
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, the master of the world marathon, shattered the world record on Sunday (September 16th) by winning the Berlin marathon in two hours, one minute and 39 seconds. The previous record was set at the same Berlin track in 2014 by another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto, who had completed the 42.195 km in two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds.
“My only word is thanks! Eliud Kipchoge said shortly after the arrival, thanking all those around him and the organizers in Berlin, after celebrating his achievement almost like a footballer, showing that he still had energy.
“I firmly believed that I was going to break the world record, but I did not know I was going to run in 2 hours a minute or so,” he said. When I saw on the split times that I had an opportunity to do two hours a minute, it increased my energy tenfold.
Alone in the world, Eliud Kipchoge was at the head of the shotgun starter, only preceded by his hares to give him the tempo during the first hour. From his light stride, he swallowed the asphalt and gradually widened the gap on the passage times of Dennis Kimetto, taking advantage of the perfect conditions on this autumnal Sunday: a temperature around 20 ° C, dry and sunny weather and especially not a breath of wind.
Totally alone during the last 17 kilometers, after exhausting his last hare, the one who often says “mental strength is the key” did not let go: “It did not go according to my plan, because I had I expected my last hare to stay with me until the 30th kilometer. Yes, it was hard to be alone, but I was confident, I said I would run my own race, following my schedule, and I was confident. ”
On the women’s side, Kenya’s Gladys Cherono, who won last year, won again in two hours, eighteen minutes and 11 seconds.