The Ethiopian Tigst Assefa significantly improved the marathon world record in Berlin.
The 29-year-old last year’s winner won on Sunday in an unofficial time of 2:11:52 hours and was clearly below the previous record set by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei, who ran 2:14:04 hours in Chicago in 2019.
Kipchoge wins for the fifth time
Shortly before, Eliud Kipchoge had become the first runner to win the Berlin Marathon for the fifth time, but clearly missed another world record.
The 38-year-old Kenyan won on Sunday in 2:02:42 hours ahead of his compatriot Vincent Kipkemoi and the Ethiopian Tadese Takele. Kipkemoi crossed the finish line in 2:03:13 hours, Takele ran 2:03:24 hours.
Record for Petros
Amanal Petros beat his German record in ninth place in 2:04:58 hours. The 28-year-old ran the 42.195 kilometers in Valencia on December 5, 2021 in 2:06:27.
Last year, Kipchoge set the valid world record in 2:01:09 hours. Initially, the two-time Olympic champion was once again on course for a record, but was unable to maintain the high pace in perfect running conditions.