>> Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge emphatically set a new marathon world record on Sunday with a blistering run in Berlin, slicing a staggering 78 seconds off the previous best. The 33-year-old Olympic champion, widely seen as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, sprinted through Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to set a time of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds.
>> That smashed his countryman Dennis Kimetto's record, which has held since 2014.>> I want to say actually thank you to all the spectators from the first kilometer to the last kilometer. They really pushed me, it was like having music in my ears.
Berlin's flat course and a sunny, windless day provided the optimum conditions for a fast race.
And after quickly shaking off his main rival, Wilson Kipsang, Kipchoge's only opponent was the clock. Amos Kipruto finished second and Kipsang was third, granting Kenya a clean sweep of the podium. President Ohuru Kenyatta was quick to congratulate all three, as well as another Kenyan, Gladys Cherono. She won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year, finishing in two hours, 18 minutes, and 11 seconds.
All in all, a great day for Kenyan athletes.