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.
"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