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Clean sweep for Kenya at Berlin marathon as Kipchoge smashes World record
- Kipchoge ran out a comfortable winner in the Berlin marathon in a record time of 2:01:40.
- That was not the only reason for Kenyans to be proud as the race was largely dominated by Kenyan athletes
- Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:22, while former world record holder Wilson Kipsang emerged third
Kenyans were left basking in glory on Sunday, 16 after the Berlin Marathon 2018 produced a masterclass from her athletes.
Not only did Eliud Kipchoge cement his place in the history books by setting a new world record of 2:01:40, but the race was heavily dominated by Kenyan names who scooped the subsequent positions.
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Amos Kipruto finished second in 2:06:22, while former world record holder Wilson Kipsang emerged third in 2:06:47, in what will be a historic race for the marathoners.
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As TUKO.co.ke reported, despite playing down intentions of breaking a world record, Kipchoge instantly showed his intent from the start of the race, and with only a handful of athletes able to keep pace with him at the early stages, he passed through five kilometres 14:24.
There were also early signs that a record break was on the cards as Kipchoge ran the first kilometer in a meagre 2:43.
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Another rare but inspirational moment during the race came when a rejuvenated Kipchoge, with the awareness of his possible feat, could be seen urging his Kenyan pace-setters on.
Despite moments when it looked like the glory would slip from the 33-year old, by the time the race was down to 5 kilometres, there was no doubt about the winner.
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A number of big names including deputy President William Ruto took note of Kipchoge's amazing feat and they were quick to pass their congratulatory messages on social media.
The fact that Kipchoge ran out the winner in his 2:01:40 means it will take sometime before that record is matched by anyone.
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