By Reed Richardson / September 16, 2018

Kenyan Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge Shatters World Record in Berlin

The African runner finished in 2:01.39, breaking the previous all-time mark by 78 seconds.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge sets a new marathon world record of 2:01.39 on September 16, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge sets a new marathon world record of 2:01.39 on September 16, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge shattered the marathon world record in Berlin on Sunday on his way to handily winning the race. Kipchoge’s time of 2:01.39 surpassed the old record by an incredible 78 seconds, which lowered the record time by an amount not seen in nearly 50 years.

“I lack the words to describe how I feel,” Kipchoge said, according to CNN. “It was really hard, but I was truly prepared to run my own race. I had to focus on the work I had put in in Kenya and that is what helped push me.”

Kipchoge’s nearest competitor, fellow Kenyan Amos Kipruto, finished nearly five minutes behind him, with a time of 2:06.23. This victory marks the 10th win out of 11 marathon races for Kipchoge; he finished second at the 2013 Berlin Marathon.