Kenyan marathoner win defies description as another world record is achieved.
The new world record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has scored an amazing world marathon record in Berlin.
But it was more than a record.
He achieved the impossible – shattering the old record by one minute and 18 seconds; coming in at
The Atlantic magazine put the achievement in perspective:
“Consider what that means: The 33-year-old Kipchoge, who is 5 foot 6 and weighs 115 pounds, had run 26 straight, blazingly fast, 4-minute and 38-second miles.
“It was a performance so far superior to anything we’ve seen before that comparing it to another marathon feels inadequate,” the running-news website LetsRun.com says of Kipchoge’s achievement.
“This was Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game in basketball, Usain Bolt’s 9.58 in the 100-meter dash.”
Kenyan Marathoner Win Defies Description
“Kipchoge’s run was so remarkable it’s hard to give it its proper due,” says LetsRun.com.
“In today’s age of hyperbole, this run deserves every accolade said about it. The lower the world record gets, the harder it is to be broken, and the less it should be broken by. Yet Eliud Kipchoge just broke the world record by more than any man in the last 41 years, and he ran the last 10 miles by himself.”
Kenyans for decades have ruled the world of long-distance running.
This tiny nation has produced some of the world’s best runners.
Their achievements are amazing.
“The statistics are hard to ignore. This medium-size country of 41 million dominates the world in competitive running.
“Pick any long-distance race. You’ll often find that up to about 70 or 80 percent of its winners since the late 1980s, when East African nutrition and technology started catching up with the West, have been from Kenya,” Atlantic says.
One thing is certain – the training facilities for these athlete’s are sparse.
Often they don’t even have any.
Instead they train and run on mud-caked village roads.
How do they do it?