Review: New marathon world record set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge Special

Posted Sep 16, 2018 by Markos Papadatos
Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge has a major reason to celebrate. He smashed the marathon world record in Berlin, Germany.
Eliud Kipchoge running the marathon
Eliud Kipchoge running the marathon
Denis Barthel, Wikimedia Commons
On September 16, 2018, Kipchoge ran the Berlin Marathon in a record-breaking time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds. Kipchoge shattered the previous world record that was set by fellow Kenyan marathon runner Dennis Klimetto four years ago at the Berlin Marathon (with a time of two hours, two minutes and 57 seconds).
Kenyan athlete Amos Kipruto came in second place, and 36-year-old Kenyan runner Wilson Kipsang finished in third place at the Berlin Marathon.
This past April, Kipchoge also won the gold medal in the 2018 London Marathon, in two hours, four minutes and 17 seconds. At that race, United Kingdom's Mo Farah won the bronze medal.
At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Kipchoge finished in first place, winning the gold medal for Kenya, in the men's marathon. His time at the Olympics was two hours, eight minutes and 44 seconds.
Fast forward to two summers later, Kipchoge was basically able to run the 2018 Berlin Marathon seven minutes faster than his Olympic race. He is 33 years old.
In the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, Kipchoge took home the silver medal in the men's 5000 meters, and at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, he won the bronze medal in the men's 5000 meters.