Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Gladys Cherono beats Ruti,Dibaba to win women's race at Berlin Marathon

Gladys Cherono beats Ruti,Dibaba to win women's race at Berlin Marathon

Kipchoge ended up running 2:00:25 but the time is not world record eligible due to the pacing strategy alterations.

"I lack words to describe this day", Kipchoge said with a smile after the race.

Manuela Schar also set a world record while winning the women's wheelchair race in 1:36:53.

"It wasn't a plan (running without pacemakers) because I thought I would go with them to 30km but it was unfortunate".

Kipchoge passed under the Brandenburg Gate with 400m to run and powered down the finishing chute to complete the greatest marathon ever run in 2:01:39.

Amos Kipruto of Kenya was second in 2:06:23 with Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, the former world record holder, third in 2:06:48.

Cherono's time was the fourth fastest time in the history of women's marathon after Paula Radcliffe's 2:15:25, Mary Keitany's 2:17:01 and Dibaba's 2:17:56.

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The 33-year-old took almost one minute 20 seconds off the previous best, which was set by compatriot Dennis Kimetto when he ran 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014. "That's what pushed me in the last kilometres".

But the race conditions at the Nike-sponsored event were so favorable - Kipchoge ran behind a six-man pace-setting team and was trailed by a time-keeping vehicle on a racing circuit in Monza, Italy - that the time was not recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Top put Kipchoge's new time into context, the last time the marathon world record was beaten by over 30 seconds was when Paul Tergat lowered Khalid Khannouchi's mark to 2:04:26. His face never showed any signs of fatigue or worry and by the Half Marathon point, he had run in 1:0046.

Kipchoge now adds the official world record to his extensive list of achievements.

The previous track record was set by Mizuki Noguchi of Japan 13 years ago.

Kipchoge ran virtually half the race alone after dropping the last pacemaker Josephat Bout at the 25km mark having taken him through in 1:12:24 which was 36 seconds within World Record pace.

Elite runners Wilson Kipsang (R) and Eliud Kipchoge (3L) with pacers at the start of Berlin marathon.

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