Eliud Kipchoge has broken his own men’s marathon world record in Sunday’s race in Berlin.

The 37-year-old Kenyan crossed the finish line in a time of two hours, one minute and nine seconds, to beat his previous record, set four years ago in the German capital, by 30 seconds.

He had previously shaved a minute and 20 seconds off compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s record of 2:02.57 in 2014 in Berlin.

Kipchoge had downplayed his chances of a world record in the build up.

“I am happy with my preparation and I think I was very fast due to teamwork. It all comes down to teamwork,” she said.

“What motivates me is my family and I want to inspire young people. Sport brings people together and that’s what motivates me.”

On a cloudy day in Berlin, Kipchoge, who has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, ran the first half of the 26.2-mile race in 59 minutes, 51 seconds, suggesting he could become the first rider to break the two-hour mark in an official race.

He ran a marathon in under two hours, in Vienna in 2019. However, that was not recognized as the official world record because it was not in open competition and he used a set of rotating pacemakers.

Asked if he would attempt a sub-two-hour race in Berlin next year, Kipchoge replied: “Let’s plan for another day.

“I will celebrate this record and I will have to realize what happens. Just roll around and see what happens.”

Andamlak Belihu was the only runner able to keep up with Kipchoge, who set a blistering pace early on, but the Ethiopian fell back around 17 miles into the race.

It is the fourth victory in Berlin for Kipchoge, equaling the Ethiopian record of the great Haile Gebrselassie.

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