Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya Wins Berlin Marathon

Photo: Ole Spata/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Photo: Ole Spata/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon on Sunday in a personal best time of 2 hours and 4 minutes.

Despite developing problems with his insoles around the 20K mark, Kipchoge finished comfortably ahead of compatriot Eliud Kiptanui in second on 2:05:22 and Feyisa Lilesa of Ethiopia in third in 2:06:57. All times were official.

Both Kipchoge’s insoles started slipping out of his shoes as he was leading in a group with training partner Emmanuel Mutai and 2012 race winner Geoffrey Mutai.

Geoffrey Mutai, no relation to Emmanuel, dropped back around the 30K mark and Kipchoge made his move two kilometers further on to leave Emmanuel Mutai and Lilesa trailing.

Emmanuel Mutai was fourth and Geoffrey Mutai fifth, ahead of Canada’s Reid Coolseat, who ran 2:10:28.

Kipchoge shaved four seconds off his previous personal best time and 42 seconds off the previous fastest mark of the year that he set at the London Marathon on April 26.

Gladys Cherono of Kenya beat the 2:20 mark to win the women’s race in 2:19.25 ahead of Ethiopian trio Aberu Kebede, Meseret Hailu and Tadelech Bekele.

It was Cherono’s first win in only her second marathon. The 32-year-old half marathon world champion ran 2:20:03 for second place in her debut in Dubai last January.

Conditions were ideal on a cool, crisp autumn morning in Berlin. More than 41,000 runners from 131 countries were registered to run.

SOURCE: The Associated Press
Ciaran Fahey