"Congratulation Kipchoge," said Tergat on Sunday in Nairobi.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was also thrilled by the world
"Congratulations Kipchoge for breaking the world
record in Berlin.
"I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto (second)
and Wilson Kipsang (third) for going out valiantly to bring a
1-2-3 sweep on the podium for Team Kenya.
"You are our heroes," said Kenyatta.
He also lauded the performance of women’s champion Cherono,
who now has a hat trick of wins from Berlin after winning in
2015, 2017 and 2018.
"It was a brilliant performance by Cherono in the women’s
"Congratulations for setting a new course record in Berlin.
"You have once again made the Kenyan flag fly high," said
Former marathon record holder and Berlin champion Haile
Gebreselassie once said for the record to come tumbling down,
the course, the shoes, special water and weather must be in
And it looked as such with the marathon gods finally smiling
to Kipchoge on his fourth attempt on the Berlin course to not
only win, but raise the bar higher by shuttering the world
record by over one minute and 18 seconds clocking 2:01.39.
The previous mark of 2:02.57 belonged to Dennis Kimetto.
World 1,500m champion Timothy Cheruiyot said Kipchoge’s feat is
crazy to think of it, leave alone doing it.
"It is only crazy until you do it," said Cheruiyot.
The win even surprised Kipchoge who said he now wants to run
slower in next race, if he is invited in Berlin.
"I have run 2:00. I have run 2:01.
"The next is actually to run 2:02 so I have 2:00, 2:01, 2:02,
2:03, 2:04 and 2:05," he said.
Kenya’s sports cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa said Kipchoge
has done the country proud.
"Congratulations to our very own winner Kipchoge in your
victory at Berlin marathon.
"It is an honor to break the world record.
"Well done we are proud of you," said Echesa.
Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha said:
"Congratulations Kipchoge for breaking marathon record in
Former World 800m champion Paul Ereng said he is humbled by
"Congratulation to Kipchoge and his coach Patrick Sang for
putting up a display in marathon running and setting the new
2.01:39 world record.
"The 1, 2, 3 clean sweep on the podium was just a show of
Kenya brilliance in distance running."
With Kipchoge stealing the show in 2:01.39 to become the
first person to run under two hours and two minutes, strong show
by his rivals Amos Kipruto 2:06:23 in second and Wilson Kipsang
2:06:48 will not be known.
Kipsang is the only man to have beaten Kipchoge in 2013 on
his way to setting a world record in Berlin of 2:03.23.
But Kipchoge’s shaving off one minute and 18 seconds is the
largest single improvement on the marathon world record since
Derek Clayton improved the mark by two minutes and 23 seconds in
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Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat eyeing a Berlin
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