Uhuru praises Kipchoge, Cherono for winning Berlin races

Arturo Kim
September 17, 2018

Just think of that next time you head out for a morning run.

This latest triumph is certain to earn Kipchoge - considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time - at least $1 million (Sh100m) in prize money and bonuses.

"Congratulation my friend, Eliud Kipchoge, for breaking the world marathon record".

Kipchoge's feat, his third win in Berlin, beats the previous world record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

Kenyans from all walks of life suddenly donned their patriotic caps at around midday on Sunday moments after marathoner Eluid Kipchoge shattered the world record in Berlin.

"I lack the words to describe how I feel", said Kipchoge, whose winning margin over Amos Kipruto in second place was nearly five minutes.

He started off with a sizzling pace and quickly shook off his biggest opponent, Wilson Kipsang, to make it a one-man race.

His three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark.

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All the world records came from the Berlin course.

"I was prepared to run my own race early so I wasn't surprised to be alone".

"Kipchoge hit the half way mark with one pacesetter in 57:26 minutes, way inside Kimetto world record by one minute and nine seconds before hitting 1:26:45 against Kimetto's 1" 27:38 at 30km mark.

In another victory for Kenyan athletics, Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new women's record for the course in Berlin. "But I would treat it as a personal best." he said before the race as reported by New York Times.

Kenya completed their podium sweep, with Amos Kipruto in second place more than five minutes later and Kipsang, a former world record holder in 2013, in third.

He is regarded as one of the greatest marathon runners of all time and is referred to as "the boss man" by his fellow athletes in Kenya.

He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.

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