Eliud Kipchoge smashes world marathon record by 78 seconds in Berlin

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• Kenyan adds record to Olympic gold medal won in Rio
• Previous record was set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014

At his training camp in Kenya, where Eliud Kipchoge takes his turn to clean out the toilets and draw water from the nearby well, his fellow athletes call him “the boss man”. And on a pleasant autumn day in Berlin the 33-year-old lived up to that billing – and more – as he proved beyond doubt that he is the greatest long distance runner in history by obliterating the marathon world record.

Kipchoge’s time of 2 hours 01 minute and 39 seconds was staggering enough, given it took one minute and 18 seconds off the previous world record, set four years ago by Dennis Kimetto. But what more it more impressive still was the fact that Kipchoge had to run the last 17 kilometres (10.5 miles) alone after his pacemakers dropped out early.

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