Former Kenya star runner predicts fall of marathon record in Berlin

24 September, 2017, 17:05 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • Athletics: Stellar Berlin marathon trio sets sights on world record

"That's sport", said Kipchoge, who won the Berlin Marathon in 2015 despite flapping insoles in his shoes. However Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Guy Adola of Ethiopia kept the race exciting, battling back and forth until the very end.

Bekele has, typical of him, preferred to play his cards close to his chest, but remains confident he can run faster than the 2:03:03 personal best time he ran in winning last year's race ahead of Kipsang.

Kipchoge's 2:03:32 is a world-leading time and 27 seconds off his legal PB of 2:03:05.

All the three runners skipped the World Championships in London last month to prepare for Berlin Marathon, an indication that they are all geared for the epic race.

"We haven't finished working out what times the pacemakers are going to aiming for, but it will definitely not be slower than a year ago", said race director Mark Milde. Last year's champion, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia, left the course soon after.

Adola ran with gusto, making the courageous decision to pass Kipchoge at about 36.8K. Just before 40K, Kipchoge caught and passed his competitor (1:57:08); by 41K, Adola was done.

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.

Kipchoge, 32, is from Kenya and the 2016 Olympic marathon champion.

Kipchoge, who also won the race in 2015, surged clear of Adola as they approached the iconic Brandenburg Gate, leaving the debutant to cross the line 14 seconds later in the fastest ever debut time on a record-eligible course.

A speedy 10,000-meter and half marathoner, 26-year-old Adola could now be a new force in the marathon distance.

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

Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the highly-billed Berlin Marathon, missing the world record by a mere 35 seconds under wet weather conditions in the Germany city.

In the women's race, Kenya's Gladys Cherono, a victor in Berlin in 2015, proved victorious again in 2:20.23, with Ruti Aga of Ethiopia second in 2:20.41 and Valary Aiyabei of Kenya third in 2:20.53.

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