Double Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has emerged the winner of the Berlin Marathon while simultaneously setting a world record.
Kipchoge triumphed in the race clocking a world record time of 2:01:09 after covering 26.2 miles at the marathon held in the German capital.
“No limitations, after 38km I knew I would be capable of breaking the world record. Circumstances were great, and so was the organization of the event. I’m really happy with today and impressed by the fans and their support.” said the elated Kipchoge after the historic achievement.
Kipchoge registered 59:51 in the first half of the race going through the first 5km in 14:14 and cleared 10km in 28:23.
In the first 24 km of the race, Kipchoge had the assistance of NN Running Team athletes Noah Kipkemboi and Moses Koech who ran as his pacers.
The marathon world record holder beat his own World record by 30 seconds set four years ago.
This is Kipchoge’s fourth win in the Berlin Marathon edition, after he won in 2015, 2017 and 2018 matching the achievement of Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie.
This victory marks the 15th victory in 17 career marathons for the 37-year-old and his tenth victory in an Abbott World Marathon Major.
Mark Korir came second with four minutes and 49 seconds behind Kipchoge, with Ethiopian Tadu Abate coming in third.
Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa emerged the winner in the women’s category with a record of 2:15.37 which is the third fastest time in marathon history.