Eliud Kipchoge Breaks Marathon Record at Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge, the reigning Olympic champion marathon runner, set a world record at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, clocking a total time of 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds in addition to breaking the previous record by more than a minute.

Kipchoge is usually considered to be one of the greatest long-distance runners ever, in addition to many expected him to set a record at the Berlin race, which he had won twice before, in 2015 in addition to 2017. He smiled as he ran toward the finish line, his arms stretched wide as he crossed the idea.

Kipchoge broke the record for the 26.2-mile race held by a fellow Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto. Kimetto set the record in 2014 at 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds.

The youngest of four children, Kipchoge grew up in Kapsisiywa, a smaller village in Nandi County. His mother worked as a teacher. His father died when he was very young. As a child, he jogged to get to in addition to through school.