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Eliud Kipchoge breaks his own world-record Marathon time in Berlin

Kipchoge, 37, has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic triumphs and 10 major titles; Kenyan was in a class of his own, setting a blistering pace along the flat, fast inner-city course from the start on an overcast day

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has broken his own world-record Marathon time by 30 seconds in Berlin, running the 26.2m course in 2:01:09.

The 37-year-old, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic triumphs and 10 major titles, was in a class of his own, setting a blistering pace along the flat, fast inner-city course from the start on an overcast day.

Only a handful of runners could keep up with Kipchoge along with the group of pacemakers.

He gradually shook off last year’s winner Guye Adola but fellow Ethiopian Andamlak Belihu refused to buckle, even as they raced through the halfway mark in less than an hour.

With a final 500-meter sprint passing through the city’s iconic Brandenburg Gate just as the sun started to emerge, a beaming Kipchoge crossed the finish line to cement his status as one of the greatest runners of all time.

Fellow Kenyan Mark Korir completed a one-two finish for the African nation, four minutes and 49 seconds behind, with Ethiopian Tadu Abate third.

Kipchoge is the only man to run a sub-two-hour marathon when he clocked 1:59.40 on a specially designed track in Vienna in 2019 but the time is not officially recognized as it was not set in competition.

Asked whether he would attempt a sub-two-hour run in Berlin next year, Kipchoge said: “Let us plan for another day. I need to celebrate this record and have to realize what happens. Just roll and see what happens.

“There is still more in my legs. I hope the future is still great. My mind is still moving, the body still absorbing the training.”

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