Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang set the world record in the marathon on Sunday, taking advantage of a fast course in Berlin to break the old mark by fifteen seconds. Kipsang’s finishing time was 2:03:23.
A tired but ecstatic Kipsang spoke after the race:
I’m very happy that I have won and broken the world record. I was really inspired by Paul Tergat when he broke the world record here 10 years ago and I’m very happy that I was in a position to break the record on the same course (Reuters).
Kipsang also said he was capable of lowering the record even more:
If I prepare very well and stay in shape then maybe. Today there was a lot of wind… but if the wind would have been a little bit then it (the time) would come down.
For those not mathematically inclined — and I include myself in that — Kipsang’s time of 2:03:23 means that he ran a marathon averaging 4:43 per mile. That is ridiculous. For comparison, jog on down to your local track and run a mile in five minutes. Pretty tough, right? (I know I can’t do it.) Okay, now repeat 26 more times without stopping.
We tip our hats to Kipsang for his incredible accomplishment.