There’s a new standard for marathon runners, now that Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has set a world record in Sunday’s BMW Berlin Marathon.
Kipchoge set the record with a time of 2:01:39, eclipsing the previous record of 2:02:57 set by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto during the same race in 2014. He was quick to honor Kipchoge’s achievement.
“Fantastic run, you’re an example for each and every runner on this world,” said Kimetto in his message to congratulate Kipchoge. “Pongezi sana,” he added, using a Swahili expression of praise.
As accolades poured in from across the running world, race organizers congratulated the 33-year-old Kipchoge as the best runner in the world, whose record may be remembered for years to come. Yet perhaps the best response came from Kipchoge himself.
“What an amazing day!” said Kipchoge, thanking his coach, team, and of course, sponsors and fans.
Former World and Olympic steeplechase silver medallist and fellow Kenyan Patrick Sang coaches Kipchoge, who has trained with him for years. The new record-holder runs with the NN running team, launched in 2017 by a Netherlands-based athletics management firm.
Also making Kenya proud was Gladys Cherono, who set a new course record with her 2:18:11 win in the women’s division at Berlin.
A short video of the world-record race afterparty, celebrating both Kipchoge and Cherono, is available from BMW Berlin here.
Image: Eliud Kipchoge/IAAF file