Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge now holds four out of five fastest marathon times in the history of the famous race following his recent heroic win in the just concluded marathon in Berlin.
The top five best times posted in the gruesome marathon race is only Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele on the list.
The renowned Bekele posted an impressive 2:01:41 in the Berlin Marathon back in 2019, this after Kipchoge had posted a 2:02:37 timing in London the same year.
Prior to the great legends posting the remarkable timings, Kipchoge had posted a 2:01:39 in the Berlin marathon in 2018.
Kipchoge would go on to stamp his authority and prowess in the long-distance race in 2022 where he clocked a 2:02:40 in Tokyo.
On an overcast day in Berlin, Kipchoge, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, ran the first half of the 26.2-mile race in 59 minutes, 51 seconds, prompting thoughts that he may become the first runner to break the two-hour mark in an official race
He has run a marathon in under two hours, in Vienna in 2019. However, that was not recognised as the official world record because it was not in an open competition, and he used a team of rotating pacemakers.
A fortnight ago, the legendary Kipchoge broke his own marathon world record with Mark Korir and Rosemary Wanjiru finishing second in the men’s and women’s races respectively.
The 37-year-old legendary marathoner shaved off his own world record by a massive 30 seconds to clinch his fourth Berlin Marathon title.
It was Kipchoge’s fourth win in the city, equalling the record set by Haile Gebrselassie.
The Ethiopian great–like Kipchoge now–also set two world records (in 2007 and 2008) in Berlin.
Kipchoge edged out fellow countryman Mark Korir, who finished second in 2:05:58 as Wanjiru ran the second-fastest women’s marathon debut in history, clocking 2:18:00 to finish second behind Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa, who ran the third-fastest time in history and course record of 2:15:37.
Kipchoge 2:01:09 (Berlin 2022)
Kipchoge 2:01:39 (Berlin 2018)
Bekele 2:01:41 (Berlin 2019)
Kipchoge 2:02:37 (London 2019)
Kipchoge 2:02:40 (Tokyo 2022)