Eliud Kipchoge crosses the line to set a new world record as he wins the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP

BERLIN – Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has set a new marathon world record with an official time of 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds in Berlin, beating compatriot Dennis Kimetto’s previous best by more than a minute.

Kipchoge was unchallenged in racing to victory, and despite his pacemakers struggling to aid him, was soon on the verge of a colossal world record.

After going through halfway in just over 61 minutes, Kipchoge upped the pace for a ferocious negative split to shatter Kimetto’s 2:02.57 from 2014 in Berlin.

The record confirms Kipchoge’s status as the greatest marathon runner of all time.

He has lost only once over the distance, and victories include the 2016 Olympic Games, three titles in London and three in Berlin.

Fastest Marathon Times

2:01.39: Eliud Kipchoge (2018 Berlin Marathon)

2:02.57: Denis Kimetto (2014 Berlin Marathon)

2:03.03: Kenenisa Bekele (2016 Berlin Marathon)

2:03.05: Eliud Kipchoge (2016 London Marathon)

2:03.13: Emmanuel Mutai (2014 Berlin Marathon)