EULID KIPCHOGE SETS MARATHON WORLD RECORD:
Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin on Sep 16-2018, smashing the previous best as he clocked 2 hr 1 min 39 sec.
The 33-year-old Olympic champion, initially aided by pacemakers in the 42.195 km race, took 78 sec off the previous best set by Dennis Kimetto in 2014.
It was the largest single improvement on the marathon world record since Derek Clayton improved the mark by 2:23 in 1967.
He has notched up 10 wins from the 11 marathons he has raced, winning three times not only in Berlin but also London, with victories in Rio for Olympic gold as well as in Hamburg, Rotterdam and Chicago.
Eliud Kipchoge (born 5 November 1984) is a Kenyan long distance runner, the 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the marathon, and current world record holder in the marathon.
He has been described as “the greatest marathoner of the modern era.”
He has won 10 out of 11 marathons he raced; he finished second in his second marathon in 2013 in Berlin, where Wilson Kipsang ran the world record for that time.
He ran the world record for the marathon on 16 September 2018 by breaking the previous record by 1 minute 18 seconds in a time of 2:01:39 at the 45th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon. His improvement on the world record is the greatest since 1967.
PACEMAKER IN RUNNING
A pacemaker or pacesetter, sometimes informally called a rabbit, is a runner who leads a middle- or long distance running event for the first section to ensure a fast time and avoid excessive tactical racing.
Pacemakers are frequently employed by race organisers for world record attempts with specific instructions for lap times. Some athletes have become essentially professional pacemakers.
A competitor who chooses the tactic of leading in order to win is called a front-runner rather than a pacemaker.