by Juma Pondamali
Eliud Kipchoge smashed the marathon world record held by compatriot Dennis Kimetto by a massive one minutes and 16 seconds, clocking 2 hours, 01 minute and 39 seconds at the Berlin marathon in Germany.
And Gladys Cherono on the other hand, smashed her personal best and course record as she successfully defended her title.
Enroute to breaking this record, the thirty-three-year-old clocked two hours, one minute 39 seconds in Berlin, taking off more than a minute off the previous best incidentally set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto on the same course in 2014.
This latest triumph is certain to earn Kipchoge – considered one of the greatest marathon runners of all time – atleast Sh100 million in prize money and bonuses.
The reigning London marathon champ also has a Sh20 million worth Isuzu Dmax double-cab pick-up gift worth awaiting him when he gets back home.
This follows a partnership between the Olympic champion and truck and bus manufacturer Isuzu East Africa, which entails the athlete working as a brand ambassador of the firm.
And congratulatory messages poured in for Kipchoge as politicians closed ranks to acknowledge the victory that saw Kenya sweep the first three positions in the men’s event and first in the women’s race.
“Congratulations @EliudKipchoge for breaking the world record at the #BerlinMarathon2018. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang’ for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya. You are our heroes. Kenya is proud of you,” President Uhuru Kenyatta on Twitter.
“You have done us all extremely proud by breaking the Men’s World Record at the Berlin marathon. Hongera Eliud Kipchoge may you continue to be an inspiration to our youth through your heroic exploits in athletics,” added opposition leader Raila Odinga.
“A show of strength, stamina, willpower as Eluid Kipchige produces a masterclass in long-distance running to smash the Berlin marathon record. Powerful, phenomenal display from an impeccable athlete, a legend,” the Deputy President William Ruto wrote on Twitter.
“Congratulations my friend Eliud Kipchoge for breaking the World Marathon Record. Proud of you brother,” Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama added.