Kipchoge the champion: “My mentality was strong today”
At the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, just about nothing could stop Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who destroyed the field to win in a personal best of 2:04:00, coming home a whopping 81 seconds clear of runner-up Eliud Kiptanui.
It was precisely with 10K to run that the former track man made his decisive move. As his insoles flapped around, half-in, half-out of his shoes – something which will no doubt lead to the sacking or severe roasting of a manufacturer at Nike – Kipchoge surged to the lead and in an instant, his superiority was clear.
The 30-year-old eased ahead of Emmanuel Mutai and Feyisa Lilesa and built his lead all the way to the finish, which he reached in 2:04:00 – a personal best by five seconds which was the 11th fastest run of all time.
Afterwards, he spoke to JTG friend Alberto Stretti, which you can watch below.