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World record under threat as Kipchoge, Kipsang, Bekele line up in Berlin

24 Septembre 2017

Gladys Cherono followed up her 2015 victory by winning the women's race in 2:20:23, ahead of Ethiopia's Ruti Aga and fellow Kenyan Valary Ayabei.

There looked like being a massive upset as Adola began to distance Kipchoge in the latter stages, but the 32-year-old was far from out of the race and slowly began to reel his opponent in. That time does not count for record-keeping purposes due to use of rotating pacemakers throughout the race, but even so - armed with the knowledge that his body could sustain a almost sub-2:00 hour effort, Kipchoge was aggressive in his goals and approach for Berlin. "It should not be lost to people that he is the third fastest runner with a time of 2:03:05", Korir reiterated.

In the women's race, which didn't feature any world or Olympic champions with no real threat to the longstanding world record, three runners broke 2:21 though the end result wasn't close.

"Competition could not be fiercer on the famously flat and fast streets of the German capital, home to the last six marathon world records". Instead of 60:45, the top group passed through 13.1 miles in 61:29; an even split race from there would have exactly tied Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57. Adola, in his first marathon, finished second in 2:03:46, the quickest debut time ever.

All the pre-race hype was about the battle between Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele, but the Kenyan's rivals could not keep up. Bekele, the defending Berlin Marathon champion, is believed to have dropped out before the 35K mark. In May, Kipchoge ran 2:00:25 in an event that didn't confirm to worldwide rules on Monza's race-track in Italy.

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He said that Kipchoge starts favorite especially after the Nike Breaking2 project run in July where he missed running sub-two hours by 24 seconds when he ran 42km in 2:00:24.

Eliud Kipchoge comes in first at the Berlin Marathon, beating out the second-place runner by 14 seconds, on September 23.

Kipchoge is the reigning Olympic marathon champion, was world champion in the 5,000m in 2003, and has won seven of his eight marathons so far.

The next World Marathon Major on the calendar is the Chicago Marathon, taking place on October 8.

World record under threat as Kipchoge, Kipsang, Bekele line up in Berlin