kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke his own world record by winning the Berlin Marathon, with a time of 2:01:09 to lower the previous record of 2:01:39 he set in the German capital in 2018.
Kipchoge, 37 and a two-time Olympic champion, won his 15th victory in 17 career marathons to cement his claim as the greatest 26.2-mile runner in history.
His pace was not ideal. Kipchoge slowed during the second half, running 61:18 for the second half after coming out in 59:51 for the first 13.1 miles. He still won by 4:49 over the Kenyan Marc Korir.
Ethiopian Tigiste Assefa won the women’s race in 2:15:37, the third fastest time in history. Only Brigitte Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) went faster.
American record holder Keira D’Amatowho came in as the top seed, finished sixth in 2:21:48.
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The last eight times the men’s marathon world record has been broken has been on the flat roads of Berlin. It all started in 2003, when the Kenyan Paul Tergat became the first man to break 2:05.
The world record was 2:02:57 – set by the Kenyan Denis Kimetto in 2014 – until Kipchoge first broke it four years ago. The following year, Kipchoge became the first person to run 26.2 miles in under two hours, doing so in a non-record-eligible showcase rather than a race.
Kipchoge’s goal going forward is to try to become the first runner to win three Olympic marathon titles in Paris in 2024. He also wants to win all six annual World Marathon Majors. He ticked off four, missing only Boston (in April) and New York (in November).
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