Kipchoge, 33, is the reigning Olympic champion in the marathon and has run the fastest recorded time over 26.2 miles-a blistering 2 hours and 25 seconds- as part of a Nike-sponsored marketing event previous year that wasn't a ratified race. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya.
With weather conditions ideal and virtually no wind, it was clear after the opening few kilometres that Kipchoge's only opponent would be the clock and his three pacemakers were pushed to the limit to keep the tempo high as Kipchoge dipped well below world-record time by the halfway mark.
"The last pacesetter went out at 25km mark but that still inspired me to continue pushing alone", explained Kipchoge adding that he shall defend his title perhaps with another new record next year.
"I am just so incredibly happy to have finally run the world record as I never stopped having belief in myself".More news: Guardiola calls for response from Sane
"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said (via the Associated Press) of a time that sounds more like a commute than an athlete feat. By 40 kilometrers, reached in 1:55:32, a world record looked a certainty.
Top put Kipchoge's new time into context, the last time the marathon world record was beaten by over 30 seconds was when Paul Tergat lowered Khalid Khannouchi's mark to 2:04:26.
"So I want to thank everyone who has helped me", said Kipchoge, who had won in Berlin in 2015 and 2017.
Attracting attention from all over the athletics world, Kipchoge's achievement is already being spoken of in the highest terms.More news: Delta II set for final launch after almost 30 years
Further behind, Kipsang ceded second place to Kipruto who finished second in 2:06:22.
The answer, 78 seconds, was the single largest jump on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by two minutes and 23 seconds in 1967.
The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.
New York Times in a publication on Kipchoge wrote: "Elite distance runners generally run no more than two marathons each year".More news: Police investigating after needles found in Australian strawberries
He has been virtually unbeatable at the distance, winning 10 of 11 marathons he has entered. The celebration continued with Kipchoge taking pictures and embracing fans while the next runner would cross the finish line four minutes and 44 seconds later.