The Kenyan long-distance sprinter, 37, finished the 2022 Berlin Marathon on Sunday in 2:01:09, smashing his own reality record.
Kipchoge ran 30 seconds faster — a massive leap for a world marathon record — than his past best effort in 2018, also set in Berlin, according to NPR and the Associated Press.
Kipchoge’s pace was so speedy on Sunday that the second-place sprinter finished the marathon four minutes and 49 seconds after him, giving Kipchoge sufficient opportunity to welcome his companions, family, coaches and allies and wave the Kenyan flag before that sprinter finished, according to NPR.
“My legs and my body actually feel youthful,” Kipchoge told the AP after the race. “In any case, the main thing is my mind, and that also feels new and youthful.
I’m so happy to break the world record.”Kipchoge’s triumph in Berlin Sunday marked his fourth win at the Berlin Marathon, according to the AP.
Ethiopian sprinter Tigist Assefa won the ladies’ race in Berlin in a course record of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 37 seconds, making her the third fastest woman ever in the marathon.
Between their two records, the 2022 Berlin Marathon was the fastest-ran ever.
The men’s reality record has now been set and once again set at the Berlin Marathon eight consecutive years, according to the AP, which attributed the feat to the race’s flat course.
Around 45,527 sprinters from 157 nations around the world registered to race in Berlin on Sunday, the principal Berlin Marathon to operate without Coronavirus restrictions since the pandemic began.
Kipchoge and Ethiopian sprinter Andamlak Belihu both finished the marathon’s first half in quite a while and 51 seconds before Kipchoge dropped his competition in the back half of the course.
Kipchoge has run a faster marathon — in Oct. 2019, he became the primary person to run a marathon in less than two hours.
Then 34, Kipchoge ran the 26.2 miles in 60 minutes, 59 minutes and 40 seconds at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria, on a course specifically intended for the attempt.
However the accomplishment marked a milestone in the running scene, Kipchoge’s time was not perceived as an official world record because it was not run under “open marathon conditions” and because Kipchoge ran alongside a gathering of professional pacesetters, according to The New York Times.
These were Eliud Kipchoge’s splits for his world marathon record of 2:01:09 in Berlin 🤯
Finish: 2:01:09 pic.twitter.com/kOjyB3KxXz
— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) September 25, 2022
“I wanted to run under two hours and show human beings can work effectively and lead a decent life. It shows the inspiration of game,” Kipchoge said about the mark at the time, according to Sprinter’s Reality. “I want to make the game an interesting game whereby all human beings can run and together we can make this world a beautiful world.”