Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has crushed his personal marathon world file by 30 seconds in Berlin.
He completed the race in two hours, one minute and 9 seconds to beat his earlier greatest, recorded on the identical course in 2018.
Situations have been cool and windless – very best for distance operating on Berlin’s flat course – and Kipchoge set a blistering tempo by operating the primary 10km in 28:23 and clocking 59:51 at half approach.
“My legs and my physique nonetheless really feel younger,” 37-year-old Kipchoge mentioned. “However crucial factor is my thoughts, and that additionally feels contemporary and younger. I am so comfortable to interrupt the world file.”
He was the primary individual to run underneath two hours for the 26.2-mile marathon distance in Vienna in 2019.
Nonetheless, that occasion was specifically designed round Kipchoge and featured a number of pacemakers, so did not rely as an official marathon race file.
The Kenyan slowed barely in the direction of the tip of the Berlin race and reached the 30km mark in 1:25:40. His fellow countryman Mark Korir completed second, practically 5 minutes again, with Ethiopia’s Tadu Abate third.
Requested whether or not he would try a sub-two hour run in Berlin subsequent 12 months, Kipchoge mentioned: “Allow us to plan for one more day. I have to rejoice this file and have to understand what occurs. Simply roll and see what occurs.
“There may be nonetheless extra in my legs. I hope the longer term continues to be nice. My thoughts continues to be shifting, the physique nonetheless absorbing the coaching.”
The ladies’s race additionally noticed a outstanding run as Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa gained in a course file of two:15:37 – an enormous 18 minutes higher than her private greatest and the third-fastest time ever.
Greater than 45,000 individuals from 157 international locations have been registered for Sunday’s occasion, the primary unrestricted race because the pandemic.