Eliud Kipchoge speaks after smashing Men's Marathon World Record

Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to win the 45th Berlin Marathon and set a new world record in the process

"So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", Kipchoge, who a year ago took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers.

As the race progressed, it was now never a question of if, but when he would be breaking the World Record, for the seventh time in the same course, over the last 15 years.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2:18:11, a women's record for the Berlin Marathon.

Kipsang, who ran 2:03:13 back in 2013 in Berlin to set a world record, was third on Sunday in 2:06:48.

That 10km time was 23 seconds faster than Dennis Kimetto's world record pace, but Kimetto ran an incredibly fast second half. It was really hard, but I was truly prepared to run my own race.

Things looked to have fallen apart for Kipchoge's world record hopes after 15km.

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.

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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.

He kept injecting the pace and by the 30km mark, he was a massive 52 seconds inside World Record pace having covered the distance in a time of 1:26:45.

Kipchoge now adds the official world record to his extensive list of achievements.

"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply incredible and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions", said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark. Usually stoic and reserved, he pumped his arms and crossed the finish line in 2:01:40 to cut one minute and 17 seconds off Kimetto's record.

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

But Kipchoge produced a stunning performance to take it by a clear 78 seconds.

"I lack words to describe this day", said a beaming Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 metres and marathon gold medallist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.

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