Eliud Kipchoge is widely viewed as the best marathon runner of the present day era [Reuters]
Two hours, about a minute and 39 seconds.
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That’s just how long, or little, it took Kenyan superstar runner Eliud Kipchoge to cover the 42.2km of the Berlin Marathon – and smash the global world record in the process by a staggering 78 seconds.
Unsurprisingly, the news headlines travelled around the world at lightning speed, including in Kenya and the diaspora where jubilant citizens, leaders and celebrities took to Twitter to hail their sporting hero and celebrate his remarkable feat.
An AMAZING Race and a DOUBLE KENYAN vIctory as @EliudKipchoge broke the #WorldRecord with 2:01:39 at the #BerlinMarathon as Kenya swept the Men’s race in a 1,2,3 finish while Gladys Cherono beat out two Ethiopians to win in 2:18:11…..HONGERA to any or all! Let’s Go, KENYA, LET’S GO! pic.twitter.com/Mw83px9GUE
— Jeff Koinange, MBS (@KoinangeJeff) September 16, 2018
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) September 16, 2018
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge wins 2018 #BerlinMarathon, shatters marathon’s record – set by Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014. And Kenya’s Gladys Cherono wins women’s edition of #BerlinMarathon, smashing course record. What happened to Ethiopia? Has Kenya broken Ethiopia&rsquo finally;s back? pic.twitter.com/Wu3zbwUqtY
— Charles Onyango-Obbo (@cobbo3) September 16, 2018
The World record has been broken 5 times and them all have already been achieved in Berlin with 3 Kenyans breaking it😎🇰🇪.
Patrick Kamau 2011
Wilson Kipsang 2013
Dennis Kimetto 2014
& now Eliud Kenya and Kipchoge
Class go together with regards to marathons.#berlinmarathon
— Elijah Ouko (@elijah_ouko) September 16, 2018
We salute you Eliud Kipchoge. pic.twitter.com/Oo2EVU5HVG
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) September 16, 2018
Just an informal selfie with the planet Record Holder @EliudKipchoge. He conquered Berlin in 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds. Just what a wonderful day to be always a Kenyan 💃🏽 #BerlinMarathon #ProudlyKenyan pic.twitter.com/dJRIjLYru0
— Mukami Wambora (@MukamiWambora) September 16, 2018
Kipchoge, 33, is certainly the best marathon runner of the present day era.
He burst onto the international sporting scene at age 18, winning the U20 race at the planet CROSS-COUNTRY Championships in 2003.
In 2012, he started his marathon career with a victory in Germany’s Hamburg. The former 5,000-meter race world champion has won 11 of the 12 marathons he’s got run, including in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Kipchoge’s feat, his third win in Berlin, beats the last world record set by fellow Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto in 2014.
His only marathon defeat so was also in Berlin in 2013 far, when he was defeated by former world record fellow and holder Kenyan, Wilson Kipsang.
Kipchoge’s run on Sunday was the biggest improvement on the marathon mark since Australian Derek Clayton took almost two and a half minutes off the record in 1967.
A proud Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Kipchoge, and his fellow countrymen – second-placed Amos Kipruto and third-placed Wilson Kipsang – because the East African trio made a podium sweep.
“Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the planet record at the Berlin marathon 2018. I congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & also; Wilson Kipsang for heading out valiantly to create a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya. You’re our heroes. Kenya is pleased with you,” Kenyatta wrote on Twitter.
Many Kenyans saw Kipchoge’s victory as a temporary respite from the issues the national country has been facing recently.
In the midst of all that’s been happening lately in the country, Eliud Kipchoge makes me a proud Kenyan. If his win didn’t give you chills, I don’t know just what will. Kenyan proudly!
— Weru (@WeruCom) September 16, 2018
My land is Kenya east or west kenya is good,mafuta yapande yashuke,my land is Kenya,cudos kipchoge you earn us forget that fuel continues to be high keeeeeeenya my land @KoinangeJeff @Hot_96Kenya #SmokinCountryOnHot #SmokinCountryOnHot
— Kelvin Gachima (@KGachima) September 16, 2018
People we’re having a complete heap of issues in kenya but at the least we’ve something to celebrate about. Congrats Kipchoge and #teamkenya
— John Moses (@jon_mosey) September 16, 2018
SOURCE: Al Jazeera News