Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has set a new world record, winning the Berlin marathon in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds. That's when Australian Dennis Clayton took 2:25 off the record and became the first person to run under 2:10:00 for the distance in 1967.
Ahead of the race, Kipchoge, the defending Berlin champion, denied wanting to have a crack at fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto's world record, saying he was merely after a personal best, but he left little doubt about his intentions when the starting gun fired in flawless running conditions in Berlin.
Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge is the new marathon World record holder.
Kipchoge won on Sunday by a ridiculous 4:44, as no other man broke 2:06.
Kipchoge revealed that he planned on crossing the half marathon mark in 61 minutes.
Kipchoge maintained his form well in the closing stages to smash compatriot Kimetto's previous best.
Boosted after leaving Boit, he surged, running the 27th kilometre in just 2:51 - seven seconds faster than necessary.
"I had great belief that I could achieve this feat and running a sub 2 hours two minutes was simply unbelievable and I believe I can still go below that with such good conditions", said Kipchoge, adding that he could have posted better times if he went with the pacesetters up to 30km mark.
He kept injecting the pace and by the 30km mark, he was a massive 52 seconds inside World Record pace having covered the distance in a time of 1:26:45.
Simply put, Kipchoge's performance today in the German capital is one of the greatest athletic achievements in world history. The only question was how far inside Kimetto's record he would get.
The marathon organizers dubbed Kipchoge as the greatest marathoner of all times. "I didn't know that what I was believing translated to 2:01 but I'm happy for it". That's 50 seconds inside world record pace, and the previously unimaginable time of two hours and two minutes was a real possibility.
Kipchoge, who previous year took part in the Nike Breaking Two project, where he ran two hours and 25 seconds with the aid of "illegal" in and out pacemakers, started off at a sizzling pace.
"I lack words to describe this day", said Kipchoge, a former world champion over 5,000 meters who also won a gold medal running the marathon for the Brazil Olympic Games in 2016.