Two-time Olympic winner, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, has given his personal best and set a new world record in the Berlin marathon after crossing the line in just two hours, one minute and nine seconds, beating 30 seconds off his previous best.
In an interview, Kipchoge said, “I was planning to go to the 60.50, 60.40, but all in all my legs were running very fast and I thought, ‘Oh let me just try to run two hours flat.’ But all in all, I’m happy with the performance.
“There’s still more in my legs, there’s still more, and I hope the future is still great.”
The 37-year-old from Nandi County in Kenya ran the first half of the race in 59 minutes, 51 seconds prompting speculation he may be the first person officially to break the two-hour barrier.
Conditions in the German capital were ideal for a fast race with temperatures around 11 degrees Celsius and no rain or wind.
Kenyan Mark Korir came in second, nearly five minutes behind.
They were followed by Ethiopian runner, Tadu Abate.
Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa won the women’s race in two hours, fifteen minutes, and thirty-seven seconds.