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Eliud Kipchoge Sets Incredible New World Record At Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge Sets Incredible New World Record At Berlin Marathon

In what is being described as the greatest ever demonstration of long-distance running, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge has ran the Berlin Marathon in a time of 2: 01: 39 - a new world-record that takes 77 seconds off the previous mark.

A simply phenomenal feat, the 33-year-old Kipchoge adds this new world-record to the Olympic gold medal he claimed in Rio two years ago. Speaking post-race, Kipchoge was all but beyond words; "I lack words to describe this day."

Attracting attention from all over the athletics world, Kipchoge's achievement is already being spoken of in the highest terms.

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Breaking down Kipchoge's time, however, is where the manner of his achievement really comes into focus. Given how astonishingly fast he ran, many have speculated a number of ways to measure it against everyday life.

Similarly astonishing is the speed at which Kipchoge ran the second-half of the race specifically. With already half a marathon behind him, the Kenyan nevertheless managed to run an incredibly quick time.

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From an Irish perspective, his time would outstrip the best efforts of any Irish runner over the half-marathon.

In the Kenyan city of Eldoret, celebrations were well underway as Kipchoge rounded off this most remarkable run.

You can watch the finale of Kipchoge's successful run below.

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