When it comes to athletics, all what Kenyans think about is winning, topping the world and the medal tables. When it comes to marathons, Kenyans worry alot more about the world record being broken away from their athletes and they watch the races while on the edge of their sits. Kenyan athletes hold the marathon world record for both men and women categories. The men's record is held by the legend Eliud Kipchoge (2:01:39) while the women's record is held by Mary Keitany (in a women's only race) and Brigid Kosgei in the mixed race.
The world record for the men's race was under serious threat from the second fastest marathoner Kenenisa Bekele at the Berlin Marathon who has a PB of 2:01:41, just two seconds behind Kipchoge's record. Unfortunately for Bekele and fortunately for both Kipchoge and Kenyans, Bekele hasn't broken the record and he hasn't won the race either. The race has been won by Guye Adola of Ethiopia and Bekele has come in third with a time of 2:06:47 way far from the world record time.
Kenyans can't hide their joy about this and have flooded every notable Athletics Facebook page with comments.
"I don't mind who won but Eliud Kipchoge's record still stands...very happy fan," Charles Korir commented on Berlin Marathon Facebook page.
On the NN Running Team page: "There is only one GOAT, ELIUD KIPCHOGE."
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