If one man can prove that no human is limited, it’s Eliud Kipchoge. On Sunday, Kipchoge broke his record in the marathon by 30 seconds, setting a new world record of 2:01:09. Kipchoge raced through the streets of Berlin, passing iconic landmarks at a blistering pace, and dropping all other runners and once again, going to war with himself to achieve the seemingly impossible.
The Berlin marathon is known for its flat design, similar to the Chicago marathon, squeezing thousands of runners into the narrow streets. It’s so flat that many Americans and other runners travel to Berlin to set a Boston marathon qualifying time. It’s also why it attracts some of the greatest runners of our generation and no doubt future generations to follow.
Kipchoge set the previous world record just four years ago in 2018, running an impressive time of 2:01:39. No other runner so far has been able to break the record, only Kipchoge, knocking an impressive 30 seconds off his previous time.
You may also remember the breaking 2 attempt back in 2019 where Kipchhoge ran a 1:59:40, but the time is not officially recognised as it was not against official competition. They also designed their own track in Vienna and used specially made Vaporfly shoes (although the shoes would now be legal).
There’s a great documentary on the first breaking 2 attempt run around the Formula 1 track in Monza. It provides an insight into the science, mindset, lifestyle of the athletes, and more!
What’s next for Kipchoge?
When asked if he would attempt a sub two-hour marathon in Berlin in 2023, Kipchoge responded by saying, “let us plan for another day. I need to celebrate this record and have to realise what happens. Just roll and see what happens. There is still more in my legs. I hope the future is still great. My mind is still moving, the body still absorbing the training.”
Whatever’s next, it’s going to be exciting. Will Kipchoge attempt a sub 2-hour marathon at Berlin? Is it possible to break the 2-hour mark once more? I guess we’ll have to wait and see to find out – but one thing’s for sure, you’re not going to want to miss it.
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Matthew Mace is an avid cyclist, runner, and freelance content writer with a keen interest in psychology and injury. He studied sport and exercise at Durham University and now writes about cycling, wellness and mental fitness.