And on Sunday, Kipchoge didn't just break Dennis Kimetto's previous 2:02:57 world record set four years ago in Berlin-he utterly embarrassed it.
"It's a breathless leap in the world of marathon running", said one excited commentator as Kipchoge passed 40km in 1:55:32.
Kipchoge kept up the pace to sprint through the Brandenburg Gate and complete a world record run that cements his reputation as one of the greatest runners of all time. The hope was that a conservative start would pay off, if Kipchoge blew up from the aggressive pace.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge is the new marathon world record holder. "I am team Kenya", said Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo.
Acclaimed as the greatest marathon runner of the modern era, Kipchoge has dominated marathon racing since making his debut in Hamburg in 2013 after a successful track career that saw him win world gold and silver (2003, 2007) in the 5000m and Olympic silver and bronze (2008, 2004) over the same distance.
Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya's 2016 Olympic gold medalist, set a world record in the marathon Sunday, becoming the first person to finish a marathon in less than two hours and two minutes and lowering the event's best mark by 78 seconds in Berlin. I also congratulate his compatriots Amos Kipruto & Wilson Kipsang for going out valiantly to bring a 1-2-3 victory for #TeamKenya.
The women's victor was Kenya's Gladys Cherono, who set a women's record for the Berlin race with a time of 2:18:11.
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The Newspaper added: "When Kipchoge actually enters a race, he sends ripples through the field before his races even begin".
Kipchoge was able to make the record with limited use of pacemakers, people who swap in for the runner in different intervals.
The reigning London marathon champ also has a Sh20 million worth Isuzu Dmax double-cab pick-up gift worth awaiting him when he gets back home.
"It was hard. I ran my own race, I trusted my trainers, my programme and my coach".
This was a triumph 15 years in the making.
He has now won 11 out of 12 marathons he raced in, including at the Olympics.
The 33-year-old, a three-time victor of the London Marathon, has now won 10 of the 11 marathons he has contested.