How Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set an astonishing new marathon world record on Sunday, running two hours, one minute ...

Posted: Sep 17, 2018 2:25 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2018 2:25 PM

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set an astonishing new marathon world record on Sunday, running two hours, one minute and 39 seconds in Berlin.

In doing so the 33-year-old obliterated the previous record, set 14 years ago by fellow countryman Dennis Kimetto, by 78 seconds.

Africa

Cardiology

Continents and regions

Eastern Africa

Endurance sports

Health and medical

Kenya

Marathons

Medical fields and specialties

Running and jogging

Sports and recreation

Berlin

Europe

Germany

Western Europe

Eliud Kipchoge

Business and industry sectors

Business, economy and trade

Electronics

Health care

Technology

It's the latest achievement for perhaps the greatest marathon runner in history, who has won 10 of the 11 marathons in his career.

But take a closer look into how Kipchoge shaved more than a minute off the previous world best and his time is even more astonishing.

Split times

Kipchoge's split times left many viewers scratching their heads as they tried to work out just how fast the race was won.

The Kenyan was led out from the start by three pacemakers and he clocked the first 10 kilometers in world record pace.

Shortly after the halfway mark, all three pacemakers dropped out, leaving Kipchoge to run the final 10 miles alone. But where most athletes would struggle, Kipchoge continued to defy the odds and instead of falling off the pace, he actually sped up.

He ran the first half of the race in one hour, one minute and six seconds but went 30 seconds quicker in the second half. Embodying the loneliness of a long-distance runner, Kipchoge ran at an eye-watering pace of four minutes and 37 seconds per mile.

READ: The race for a sub-two-hour marathon

READ: Kipchoge comes close to 2-hour marathon

"It was really hard. 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," Kipchoge said after he had leaped into his coach Patrick Sang's arms at the finishing line.

It was the biggest improvement on the marathon record since Derek Clayton knocked two minutes, 23 seconds off the mark in 1967.

The former record holder, Kimetto, was one of the first to share his congratulations on Twitter.

"Congratulations @EliudKipchoge with the new WR! Fantastic run, you're an example for each and every runner on this world," he wrote.

Breaking2 project

In 2017, Kipchoge made history in an unofficial race organised by Nike, as part of their Breaking2 project.

He ran the distance in a world-record time of two hours and 25 seconds, on a favorable track in Monza and guided by a team of pacemakers.

Despite the race not qualifying as an official time, it showed his frightening potential which manifested itself on the streets of Berlin on Sunday.

"After Monza last year, I believed ⁦[he] was capable of smashing the WR. Today he delivered in outstanding fashion and rewrote history, unbelievably strong and focused throughout and owned the Berlin Streets", wrote Paula Radcliffe, the previous world record holder of the women's marathon.

The best in the world

The Berlin Marathon tweeted that the race would "be remembered for decades" and their is no obvious candidate on the circuit who looks close to challenging the time set by Kipchoge on Sunday.

Perhaps the only threat to the new record is from Kipchoge himself, as he continues his bid to break the two-hour barrier.

But, after the finishing in Berlin, the Kenyan joked that he was looking to go slower next time out.

"I have run 2.00, 2.01, 2.03, 2.04 and 2.05," he joked. "Next season I want to run 2.02."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 34622

Reported Deaths: 1215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds269748
DeSoto181818
Madison138236
Jones117349
Harrison104014
Rankin103515
Neshoba102274
Lauderdale94281
Forrest93943
Scott79215
Jackson72717
Washington64310
Copiah63115
Leake61320
Lee58621
Holmes57341
Oktibbeha56828
Wayne55416
Warren55320
Yazoo5436
Grenada5357
Lowndes52613
Leflore52256
Lincoln50935
Lamar5027
Pike47020
Sunflower4528
Lafayette4374
Monroe43635
Covington4195
Panola3996
Bolivar38018
Attala37524
Simpson3733
Newton35710
Adams34019
Pontotoc3266
Tate32313
Marion31312
Claiborne29310
Chickasaw29219
Winston28711
Pearl River27632
Noxubee2758
Marshall2693
Jasper2676
Clay25511
Union23811
Smith23412
Walthall2267
Coahoma2156
Clarke21425
Lawrence1992
Yalobusha1938
Kemper18014
Carroll17311
Tallahatchie1664
Humphreys15910
Montgomery1493
Calhoun1475
Tippah14411
Itawamba1418
Hancock13813
Webster12811
Tunica1193
Jefferson1173
Jefferson Davis1164
Prentiss1123
Greene10810
Amite1063
George1023
Wilkinson959
Tishomingo921
Quitman891
Alcorn852
Perry764
Choctaw754
Stone732
Franklin492
Benton420
Sharkey420
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6030162
Mobile4418137
Montgomery4339109
Tuscaloosa254448
Madison19078
Marshall186611
Shelby150924
Lee149437
Morgan12205
Baldwin111410
Walker105127
Elmore98919
Dallas9639
Franklin92216
Etowah88214
DeKalb8416
Chambers65727
Russell6570
Autauga65313
Butler64328
Tallapoosa61669
Unassigned58626
Limestone5741
Houston5526
Cullman5395
Lauderdale5376
Lowndes48022
St. Clair4692
Colbert4656
Pike4595
Escambia4528
Calhoun4365
Coffee4074
Covington39911
Jackson3742
Bullock37010
Barbour3672
Dale3621
Talladega3497
Hale33722
Marengo33011
Wilcox2968
Clarke2946
Winston2893
Chilton2872
Sumter28512
Blount2731
Pickens2556
Monroe2492
Marion24514
Randolph2449
Conecuh2277
Perry2091
Bibb2081
Macon2069
Choctaw20212
Greene1928
Henry1433
Crenshaw1273
Washington1277
Lawrence1170
Cherokee1127
Geneva920
Lamar811
Fayette781
Clay742
Coosa621
Cleburne411
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Clear
87° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 95°
Columbus
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 95°
Oxford
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 88°
Starkville
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 82°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather