"The greatest marathon runner of all times", they said.
This latest triumph is certain to earn Kipchoge - considered the greatest marathon runner of all time - atleast Sh100 million in prize money and bonuses. His intention was clear as he zoomed off the start line with his three pacers in tow, hitting the first kilometer in a blistering 2:43. "I am really grateful, happy to smash the world record".
At long last, the missing piece from Eliud Kipchoge's incredible résumé has been filled.
Kenyan Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record Sunday, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.
Fellow Kenyan Gladys Cherono won the women's race with a course record and best time of the year of 2:18:10, leaving Ethiopians Ruti Aga and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba in second and third place respectively.
With his 1:18 demolition of the previous record on Sunday-nearly three seconds faster per mile than Kimetto's mark-Kipchoge has now reached a summit that seems befitting of a man who has rarely been challenged in the event.
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"It was hard", Kipchoge said.
Mild temperatures and little to no wind gave the runners of the 45th Berlin marathon an advantage over previous year, when rain slowed the race.
The reigning London marathon champ also has a $198,000 (Sh20m) worth Isuzu Dmax double-cab pick-up gift worth awaiting him when he gets back home.
With good weather on the right course, there was little doubt after Monza that Kipchoge would soon seal his legacy by owning the world record. "The next is actually to run 2:02 so I have 2:00, 2:01, 2:02, 2:03, 2:04 and 2:05", Kipchoge joked after the race.
At that point Kipchoge was well within Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2: 02:57 and it was just a question of what time he would clock. The Kenyan first advertised his talents by winning the 2003 world championships over 5,000m as an 18-year-old, and also won Olympic silver and bronze medals on the track before moving to the marathon in 2012.
This was a triumph 15 years in the making. On the roads he has been nearly unstoppable, winning 10 of 11 races over 26.2 miles, including Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro and three London marathon titles.