Kenya’s iconic double Olympic champion clocked a time of two hours, one minute and nine seconds in Sunday’s race in Berlin, beating his previous best by a massive 30 seconds.
Kipchoge had completed the same event in 2:01:39 back in 2018, surpassing compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s mark from four years earlier by an astonishing one minute and 18 seconds.
Ethiopian duo Guye Adol – the defending champion – and Andamlak Belihu initially kept pace with the 37-year-old in the latest edition of the 26.2mile Berlin race, but Kipchoge inevitably pulled well clear to go on and shatter his own record.
The women’s race was won by Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia, who recorded the third-fastest women’s marathon time in history after finishing in an amazing 2:15:37.
That mark – which beat her personal best by a mammoth 18 minutes – was both a new course and Ethiopian record on an incredible day in Berlin. Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru and fellow Ethiopian Tigist Abayechew finished second and third respectively.
Only Brigid Kosgei and Paula Radcliffe have ever completed the women’s marathon quicker than Assefa, who took her place on the all-time list ahead of the likes of Mary Jepkosgei Keitany, Ruth Chepngetich and Peres Jepchirchir.