And on Sunday, Kipchoge didn't just break Dennis Kimetto's previous 2:02:57 world record- set four years ago in Berlin- he utterly embarrassed it. Kipruto and Kipsang's times are an indication of how Kipchoge's pace blew the race apart from the outset.
With weather conditions flawless and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark.
Kipchoge's three pacemakers were down to one by the 15km mark, but still the Olympic World Champions maintained a world record pace.
That 10km time was 23 seconds faster than Dennis Kimetto's world record pace, but Kimetto ran an incredibly fast second half. It certainly will go down as one of greatest spectacles the sport of running has ever seen, and will likely be a record that will stand for many years to come in the marathon. Speaking post-race, Kipchoge was all but beyond words; "I lack words to describe this day".
"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time", he said, breaking the mark in his latest attempt in Berlin.
In the women's edition, Kenya's Gladys Cherono crossed the finish line first in two hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds to win the marathon in Berlin.
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If it was expected that Kipchoge would be slowing down as the race progressed, then "the great philosopher" went exactly the opposite direction.
Berlin has now been the stage for the last six men's world records over the distance.
While Kipchoge savored his victory and the new record time, Kipruto who was celebrating his 24th birthday held his own to come in for second while Kipsang who dropped out of the race past year finished third.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge knees down after winning the Berlin Marathon setting a new world record on September 16, 2018 in Berlin.
He accelerated over the final two kilometres and with his eyes on the finishing line shone the crowd with his infectious smile, striding to cut the tape in a new record time, by a whooping one minute and 18 seconds. "I didn't know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I'm happy for it". Cherono won in 2:18:11, breaking the previous course record (2:19:12, Mizuki Noguchi, 2005) by over a minute.
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