Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge celebrates winning the Berlin Marathon and breaking the world record. (Reuters)
Updated 16 September 2018
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Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin

  • The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto
  • Kipchoge becomes first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours and 2 minutes

BERLIN: Kenya’s Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record, winning the Berlin race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds on Sunday.
Organizers initially put Kipchoge’s time at 2 hours, 1 minute and 40 seconds, but later reduced it by one second.
The 33-year-old broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds.
“I lack words to describe this day,” Kipchoge said after becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than 2 hours and 2 minutes.
“They say you miss two times but you can’t miss the third time,” he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.


PSG chief Al-Khelaifi charged with corruption over Qatar worlds athletics champs

Updated 34 min 7 sec ago
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PSG chief Al-Khelaifi charged with corruption over Qatar worlds athletics champs

PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi was on Thursday charged with corruption over the bidding process for this year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha, judicial sources said.
Al-Khelaifi, who is also the boss of Qatari television channel BeIn Sports, has been under investigation since March for the bidding for the 2017 and the 2019 world championships.

The announcement comes after Yousef Al-Obaidly, chief executive of BeIn, and ex-athletics chief Lamine Diack, were reported to have been under investigation since March over wrongdoings in the same bidding process for the athletics event.