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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.

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Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy

Cathal Dennehy is a freelance journalist, a once-serious, now-retired athlete who writes for a number of international publications in the running industry. He has won two sports-writing awards, the Peter Ball Memorial Award in Ireland and the Wills Writing Award in the UK. Nationally, he previously worked for the Sunday Tribune, Irish Runner magazine and has written for the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent, the Guardian and The Independent in Britain. He is a regular contributor to Running Times, Runner's World, RunBlogRun and the IAAF website.
His banter levels are often poor, occasionally exceptional.

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