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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record

SUCCESS: Eliud Kipchoge

ELIUD KIPCHOGE smashed the marathon world record by clocking a time of two hours one minute 39 seconds in Berlin, BBC Sport report.

The 33-year-old Kenyan took nearly one minute 20 seconds off the previous best, which was set by Dennis Kimetto when he ran 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014.

Speaking after his record-breaking win, Kipchoge said: "I lack words to describe this day. I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record."

Kipchoge won the London Marathon for a third time earlier this year and is the Olympic champion over the distance.

"It was hard," he said. "I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach. That's what pushed me in the last kilometres."

In 2017, Kipchoge missed out on becoming the first athlete to run under two hours for the marathon by 26 seconds.

The Kenyan clocked 2:00:25 but because pacemakers who could swap in and out of the run were used, the time was not recognised as a world record.

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