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Meet Kenya’s past world marathon record holders

ELIUD KIPCHOGE By Jonathan Komen | October 13th 2019 | 2 min read
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. - Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge on Saturday made history, busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on a specially prepared course in a huge Vienna park. With an unofficial time of 1hr 59min 40.2sec, the Olympic champion became the first ever to run a marathon in under two hours in the Prater park with the course readied to make it as even as possible. (Photo / AFP)

World marathon record has remained in Kenya since 2011 when Patrick Makau set it at the Berlin Marathon.

Here Standard Sports takes a look at Kenyans who have broken the 42.195km world record.

Paul Tergat

Haile Gebrselassie and Paul Tergat

During the race in 2003, Tergat badly abraded his foot. He later said it felt like the sole of his shoe fell off. He also took a momentary wrong turn near the finish. Sammy Korir, who was a pacesetter for the race, nearly caught up to him. Korir took second place in 2:04:56, then the second-fastest marathon performance in history. Tergat’s world record was broken in 2007 by Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia.

Patrick Makau

Patrick Makau of Kenia celebrates victory and a new world record during the BMW Berlin Marathon on September 25, 2011 in Berlin, Germany /Getty Images

Patrick Makau battled Haile Gebrselassie, the world record holder from Ethiopia in 2011. Makau dropped his more experienced rival after the halfway point and went on to finish in a world record time of 2:03:38 (an average pace of 4:42.9 per mile), beating the existing record by 21 seconds. Prior to the race, he stated that he wanted to bring the marathon world record back to Kenya, following on from former record holder Tergat.

Wilson Kipsang

Kipsang sets world record of 2:03:23 at Berlin Marathon

On 29 September 2013, he won the Berlin Marathon and set a new world record of 2:03:23, 15 seconds faster than the previous record by Patrick Makau.

Dennis Kimetto

Dennis Kimetto sets new world record at Berlin Marathon

 On 28 September 2014, Kimetto broke the world record at the Berlin Marathon with 2:02:57 and became the first man to run under 2:03.

Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge Crushes Marathon World Record at Berlin

On 16 September 2018, Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon in a time of 2:01:39, breaking the previous world record by 1 minute and 18 seconds (2:02:57 set by fellow countryman Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in 2014). He finished 4:43 min ahead of second placed fellow Kenyan Amos Kipruto. The World Record holder from 2013, Wilson Kipsang of Kenya, came in third in 2:06:48.

From 2003 onwards, all previous six world records in the men’s marathon were set at the Berlin marathon. Kipchoge began the race with three pacemakers dedicated to him. After 5 km in the run, the gap between him and the Kipsang group was 9 seconds. After 15 km in the race, two of the pacemakers were unable to continue pacing him. The remaining pacemaker dropped out after 25 kilometres, leaving Kipchoge to cover the final 17 km alone.

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