Gladys Cherono beats Ruti,Dibaba to win women's race at Berlin Marathon

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In what is being described as the greatest ever demonstration of long-distance running, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has ran the Berlin Marathon in a time of 2: 01: 39 - a new world-record that takes 77 seconds off the previous mark. While he certainly benefitted greatly then from a highly controlled environment that featured constant pacing and absolutely flawless conditions- elements that made the run unofficial for record purposes- the time still showed that Kipchoge was a man among boys in the marathon.

"It was hard running alone, but I was confident". I' m happy to have set a new course record.

Ahead of the race, Kipchoge was more reserved about his expectations and told reporters that he was simply aiming to lower his personal best of 2:03:05.

Berlin has now been the stage for the last six men's world records over the distance.

With Boit doing a stellar job of maintaining his solitary charge at the front, the pair passed through 20km in 57:56 and the halfway mark at 61:06 - nearly on par with the target of 61 minutes for the first half. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record". His intention was clear as he zoomed off the start line with his three pacers in tow, hitting the first kilometer in a blistering 2:43.

He passed the five kilometre mark in 14:24 and 10km in 29:21.

Winner of the 2018 Berlin World Marathon Gladys Cherono
Winner of the 2018 Berlin World Marathon Gladys Cherono

The time makes Cherono the fourth-best women's marathoner in history behind only Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25), Mary Keitany (2:17:01), and Tirunesh Dibaba (2:17:56).

But even after the last pacemaker peeled off after 25 kilometres, Kipchoge showed no sign of slowing, passing the 30km mark in 1:26:45, with a pace of 2:52 per 1,000 metres, with thousands of Berliners lining the streets and firing him on. "It was unfortunate but I had to believe".

Dubbed the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge produced a fantastic race in the German capital to finally eclipse the one major running accomplishment that had eluded him in his illustrious career. It was a stark contrast to Kipchoge's run during Nike's Breaking2 attempt in May 2016.

The leading duo went through 25km in 1:12:24, and as Kipsang continued to fade in the second group, Kipchoge left Boit, who dropped out of the race.

New York Times in a publication on Kipchoge wrote: "Elite distance runners generally run no more than two marathons each year".



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