Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record in Berlin

By Value Magazine on 16 September 2018 at 12:29 pm

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge has this morning in Berlin smashed the world marathon record by 78 seconds. He breaks the world record at 2:01:39 , which was previously broken by Dennis Kimetto at  2:02:57 during the berlin marathon in 2014. 

The record has been previously held by:-

  • 2014 Dennis Kimetto (Kenya) 2:02:57
  • 2013 Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) 2:03:23
  • 2008 Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia) 2:03:59
  • 2003 Paul Tergat (Kenya) 2:04:44

The smiling athlete who led other Kenyan athletes, Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang, who took positions 2 and 3 respectively. 

"I lack words to describe this day, I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record." said Kipchoge.

He is a firm believer in  the "No Pain, No Gain" Mantra.  He says when running and he is feeling pain all over his body, He smiles and works on confusing his mind by thinking about the distance.  He says only the disciplined in life are free.

Kenyans from all walks of life and the world in general took to social media to celebrate this great feat in the history of world athletics. 

"Did you see that?! @EliudKipchoge smashes the #marathonWR absolutely and completely by 57sec @ 2:01:40 #BerlinMarathon" - Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge

"A show of strength, stamina, willpower as @EliudKipchoge produces a masterclass in long distance running to smash world record at #BerlinMarathon in a time of 2:01:40. Powerful, phenomenal display from an impeccable athlete, a legend. Amos Kipruto, Wilson Kipsang finish 2nd, 3rd." = Deputy President William Ruto

"You have done us all extremely proud by breaking the Men's World Record at the #BerlinMarathon. Hongera @EliudKipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics. We are all extremely proud of you for flying our flag very high."  - Raila Odinga

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