In a thrilling showcase of sheer athleticism, Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge broke the world record* at the BMW Berlin Marathon on Sunday (16), winning the IAAF Gold Label road race in a total of just 2:01:39.
Eliud Kipchoge had already discussed his plans of not only coming first in the marathon, but also break the world record. In the beginning stages of race, Eliud had only a handful of pacemakers left. They passed five kilometers in 14:24 and ten kilometers in 29:21. However, shortly after 15 kilometers, two out of the three pacemakers were unable to continue, and hence, withdrew from the race. Joseph Boit was the only pacemaker who led Eliud Kipchoge through the halfway point, in 1:01:06. At 25 kilometers, even Joseph Boit discontinued. For the last 17 kilometers, the 33 year old Kenyan Marathon runner was all alone.
It took him just 1:41:00 to get to the 35 kilometer checkpoint. This was an indication that a finishing time in under 2:02:00 was actually possible. Finally, he clocked in at 2:01:39 at the finishing line. Eliud Kipchoge took one minute and 18 seconds off of the previous record which was set by Dennis Kimetto, four years ago.
“I lack the words to describe how I feel, it was really hard [during the last 17 kilometres] but I was truly prepared to run my own race. I had to focus on the work I had put in in Kenya and that is what helped push me. I’m really grateful to my coaching team, my management, the organisation.”
– Eliud Kipchoge
Kipchoge has won 9 out of the 10 marathons he has participated in and has never sustained a serious injury. Eliud is a very disciplined man when it comes to principles. He rolls out of bed at 5 am for his morning runs. He also records his every workout in a notebook. He has 15 notebooks until now.
“When I run,” he said. “I feel good. My mind feels good. I sleep in a free-way, and I enjoy life.”
We at InfectiousFeed wish Kipchoge a big congratulations!