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The morning after winning the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the second time in three years, Eliud Kipchoge was in reflective mood. Looking back on Sunday’s race which produced more than its fair share of surprises, he offered his assessment on the upsets provided by the event’s 44thedition: “Planning to run a marathon is like life, anything can happen. You can run fast today and tomorrow you run slow.”



Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his position as the world’s strongest marathon runner by taking a dramatic win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Kenyan clocked a world leading time of 2:03:32, but in difficult weather conditions with rain and high humidity the world record set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57 was out of reach in the final part of the race. While top stars Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang did not manage to finish a debutant caused a major surprise: Guye Adola of Ethiopia was leading the race until close to the 40 k mark, when Olympic Champion Kipchoge came from behind and then surged ahead. Adola clocked 2:03:46 for second place, which is the fastest debut ever recorded on a record eligible course. Fellow-Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew took third place in 2:06:12. For the second time after 2015 Gladys Cherono took Germany’s most spectacular running event. The Kenyan clocked a world-class time of 2:20:23 after suffering in the final stages. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41, while Kenya’s Valary Aiyabei took third with 2:20:53.



Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his position as the world’s number one marathon runner by taking a dramatic win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The Kenyan clocked a world leading time of 2:03:32 after coming from behind. In difficult weather conditions with rain and high humidity the world record set by Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto in Berlin in 2014 with 2:02:57 was out of reach in the final part of the race. However Kipchoge can add another superlative to his collection: No one has ever run faster in such conditions. The 32 year-old clocked a „rain world record“ in Berlin on Sunday.


Sunday, 24 September 2017 14:34

News from around the World - EME News (Sep 24, 2017)

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Kipchoge wins in rainy Berlin
BERLIN (GER, Sep 24): Eliud Kipchoge confirmed his marathon supremacy with victory in an exciting but also rainy race, although his 2:03:23 was outside the much talked world record. Guye Adola surprisingly pushed him until the last 5km and clocked the fastest ever debut of 2:03:46 as Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele, two of the trio whose presence had made the marathon one of the most anticipated in history, dropped out. Adola and the big three were joined by Wilson Kipruto and two pacemakers in going through halfway in 61:29, slower than the 60:45 asked for beforehand, but on course for the 2:02:57record belonging to Kipsang, but ultimately rain during the race may have been key. Bekele dropped off the pace at 22km and Kipsang at 30km (both would drop out before 35km), leaving the eventual first two alone, but it was from here and more especially from 35-40km that they started to veer off target. Adola, who has a half-marathon PB of 59:06, pulled a few metres in front at 37km, but Kipchoge had regained touch by 40km. Mosinet Geremew was third with 2:06:09. Kipchoge’s splits: 14:2814:3714:4014:3414:3314:3514:4115:046:25. Gladys Cherono, the 2015 winner, regained her title in 2:20:23, crossing the line 18 seconds in front of Ruti Aga, while Valary Aiyabei, who had been part of the three-way race until Cherono pulled away just before 35km, third in 2:20:53. Halfway was reached in 69:40. Anna Hahner was the lead German, clocking2:28:32 in fifth. Italy’s Catherine Bertone set a world W45 best of 2:28:34. A record number of 43,852 runners from 137 countries entered the 44th edition of the race, which belongs to the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series and is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.


Gladys Cherono is the favourite of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. She already won the race in 2015 with a world-class time of 2:19:25, going within 13 seconds of breaking the course record, set in 2005 by the Japanese Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). In this interview the 34 year-old Kenyan speaks about her form, the injury she suffered last year and her goals for Sunday.


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