At the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, Eliud Kipchoge smashed his own record by 30 seconds, confirming his status as the best marathoner in history with an incredible 17 victories in 19 attempts.
On his fifth trip to Berlin, Kipchoge had already sparked talk of a possible world record among ardent sports fans, but he chose to keep it under wraps and just describe the event as "a good race."
Soon after his victories in Berlin, sports once again demonstrated its capacity to unite people as messages of congratulations from international sports luminaries, world leaders, and his fellow citizens flooded the internet.
Kenyan officials, led by President William Ruto, convened in Berlin to celebrate Kipchoge's triumph.
“The greatest has done it again; breaking the world record! Congratulations @EliudKipchoge for winning the Berlin Marathon for the fourth time. You are truly the King of the Marathon,” President Ruto tweeted.
"You were previously regarded as the top marathoner, and now you have further cemented your dominance of the distance. Another excellent precision run that was done flawlessly set a new record. Thank you, @EliudKipchoge. Keep the flag flying high for us. Raila Odinga, the ODM leader, tweeted.
According to ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi, "Eliud Kipchoge has done it again, breaking another world record in the Berlin Marathon."
Thank you, @EliudKipchoge! Still the GOAT, this patriot! Such an amazing accomplishment, beating one's own personal world record for the marathon by 30 seconds at the #berlinmarathon2022. True, no human has boundaries! Congratulations, champion," wrote Moses Wetangula, speaker of the National Assembly, in a tweet.
Former Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama, star striker Michael Olunga, and former world javelin champion Julius Yego were among the athletes who congratulated Kipchoge.
Congratulations to Eliud Kipchoge for breaking your own world record during the Berlin Marathon, Wanyama wrote in a tweet.
It baffles me how Eliud Kipchoge was able to outpace his competitors for a whole 5 minutes over a distance of about 2 kilometres! Yego posted on his facebook page, "That is a long, long way and shows how he is unquestionably the living legend, G.O.A.T, majestic #No human is restricted.
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