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At the sound of the start gun at the 2018 Berlin Marathon was Eliud Kipchoge challenged by former world record holder Wilson Kipsang (both Kenya). Kipsang at the start was the only runner, who has four sub 2:04 times. The women’s race on the other hand featured Ethiopia’s three time Olympic gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba. Kenya’s defending champion Gladys Cherono and Edna Kiplagat started off as Dibaba’s strongest rivals.
After a very quick opening kilometre of 2:43 the 2 k split time was 5:41 with Eliud Kipchoge having found the right pace for his world record (2:02:57) attempt.

Eliud passed the 5 k mark in 14:24 pointing to a 2:01:30 finish. Kipsang was nine seconds behind withing the world record pace.
The men’s leading pack at 10k was Eliud Kipchoge in 29:01,Wilson Kipsang with 29:12 , Amos Kipruto at 29:16 while Abera Kuma was fourth in 29:16 as Shogo Nakamura closed the first five in 30:09.
The women runners on the other hand were led by Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia with 32:44 as Gladys Cherono, a Kenyan came in with 32:44. Ruti Aga passed with 32:45 as Helen Tola had 32:45 and Edna Kiplagat at 32:49.

Kipchoge passed the 15km mark in 00:43:38 on a 02:02:45 tempo, something Kimetto did at 44:09 just before two pacers Kitwara and Kipkemoi dropped leaving Boit with pacing duties. After a 57:56 split at 20 k Kipchoge passed the half marathon point in 61:06. Kipsang had slowed a bit and therefore outside his schedule with a split of 62:07 with Amos tagging along Kipsang. At 25km, it was was still a Kenyan affair in the top with leader Kipchoge having a 1:12:24 split time (2:02:15 pace). Shortly afterwards he lost his last pacemaker – this is relatively early for a world record attempt. Kipruto and Kipsang pass this point in 1:13:55. Amos kipruto was in second going through 25km mark in 01:13:55 while Wilson Kipsang was in 3rd in 01:13:56.
Interestingly Josphat Boit also couldn’t keep up with the forward surging Kipchoge just after the 27K. At this point, Kipchoge was unstoppable and each person’s lips could only gasp, “This Man Kipchoge”
At a time Eliud was picking his water at 28K, Gladys Cherono had taken the lead in the women’s race.
At 30K Kipchoge was running for the books with his time at 1:26:45, covering the last 1000m in 2:52. He was at a 2:02 pace. Kipruto at second crossed 30 k with 1:28:41 while Kipsang third with 1:29:20. At fourth was Shogo Nakamura with 1:30:23 as Zersenay Tadese ran fifth with 1:31:10
Between 32 and 34K Kipchoge still looked very strong with split times of 2:49 – 2:52.
Gladys Cherono passed 30K with 1:38:04, second came Aga Ruti with 1:38:04, while Edna Kiplagat passed that veryark with 1:38:23. Dibaba was fourth with 1:38:24

At 35K Eliud Kipchoge as on the way to a world record. He passed 35 k in 1:41:01 and the projection was a sub 2:02 if he continued like this! The current world record, at this time still stood at 2:02:57. Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto ran this time in Berlin in 2014.
A unique women’s result was in the offing as well with the top four runners running a sub 2:19 pace. there has never been more than two sub 2:19 times in one race yet.
Kipchoge passed 40 k in 1:55:32 and phenomenally broke the world record in 2:01:39 with his cutting of the tape at Berlin being the beginning on a new page in the books, a world record on German soil set by a Kenyan.

Eliud is unstoppable !!! He is the only man, in 50 years to improve his PB, now a WR by 1.17.

Amos Kipruto finished second with 2:06:23 while former Record Holder third Wilson Kipsang closed the podium with 2:06:48

Official results:

1. Eliud Kipchoge KEN 2:01:39
2. Amos Kipruto KEN 2:06:23
3. Wilson Kipsang KEN 2:06:48
4. Shogo Nakamura JPN 2:08:16
5. Zersenay Tadese ERI 2:08:46

Gladys Cherono won in the women’s race in a course record and world leading time of 2:18:11 as Ruti Aga came in second in 2:18:34 and Tirunesh Dibaba finishing third with 2:18:55. Never in the history of marathon running have three women broken 2:19 in one race!

1. Gladys Cherono KEN 2:18:11
2. Ruti Aga ETH 2:18:34
3. Tirunesh Dibaba ETH 2:18:55
4. Edna Kiplagat KEN 2:21:18
5. Mizuki Matsuda JPN 2:22:23

Edna battle against Gladys and Dibaba in Berlin

The Women race at Berlin is one to watch out for, in addition to Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang battling it out for the World Record at Berlin, thou all eyes are on Kipchoge considering his winning form in the recent past while Kipsang looks at getting his winning thirst quenched after some not-so-good two year past.


Three-time women’s AbbottWMM series champion Edna Kiplagat will become a Six Star Finisher at the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon this September.

The Kenyan two-time world champion will become the first female elite able-bodied athlete to earn the famous Six Star Medal if she crosses the finish line in the German capital today, adding yet another achievement to a glittering marathon-running career.

Kiplagat, 38, began her AbbottWMM odyssey with victory in the 2010 TCS New York City Marathon and followed that with second place at the Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2011. She then clinched world gold in Daegu in 2011 and another second in London in 2012, where she set her PB of 2:19:50.

She was second again in the UK capital in 2013 and then added a second straight world title with gold in Moscow that same year.

Kiplagat finally cracked the top step of London’s podium in 2014 with victory on The Mall.

Two more podiums (third in Tokyo and second at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon) in 2016 continued a stunning string of AbbottWMM performances, topped by a win in Boston in 2017.

Later that year her form carried her to second in the London World Championships, and she now has her sights trained on the podium in the shadow of the Brandenburg Gate on September 16.

But she will face stiff competition in the form of Ethiopia’s Tirunesh Dibaba. The reigning Chicago champion will be making her Berlin debut and hoping to get her Series XII campaign off to a successful start. Dibaba finished second behind Mary Keitany in Series XI after a tough day at the office at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon where she did not register a finish.

The 32-year-old has won three gold medals at consecutive Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and five World Championships from 2003 to 2013. For good measure, Dibaba has also four World Cross Country titles to her credit.

Her personal best is 2:17:56, set in finishing second at the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon which makes her the third fastest woman in the history of the marathon.

The 35-year-old Gladys Cherono from Kenya also lines up to defend the title she won in 2017.

Gladys Cherono is the only runner to have broken 2:20, four of her rivals have gone under 2:25: the Ethiopians Amane Beriso (2:20:48), Gulume Tollesa (2:23:12) and Ruti Aga (2:24:41) as well as the Kenyan Valary Aiyabei (2:21:57). “It’s the norm that leading women runners come to Berlin in order to run fast and have the best chance of setting personal bests. So we can reckon with a pace on schedule for breaking 2:20 on Sunday. It could even be the kind of pace to threaten the course record,” said race director Mark Milde.

Gladys Cherono wants to show she is back to her best by producing a world-class time at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. “I’ve come to Berlin to attack my personal best,” said Cherono. The 34-year-old Kenyan achieved the fastest marathon time anywhere in the world since April 2012 with the performance she produced in Berlin in 2015. But a lengthy period of injury in the spring of 2016 put paid to chances of going to the Olympics. “I couldn’t run a marathon in 2016 because I had a stress fracture and feared I might never regain top form. But now everything is ok,” said Gladys Cherono.

Another Kenyan who plans for a very fast race is Valary Aiyabei. The 26 year-old had a breakthrough performance in Prague this spring. She improved by almost three minutes to 2:21:57 after running the first part of the race at world record pace. It was the third marathon win in a row for Valary Aiyabai, who recorded first places in Barcelona and Valencia in 2016. „My aim is to equal the time I ran in Prague, but I hope for a personal best. My husband, who is also my coach, will pace me on Sunday. He is my everything,” said Valary Aiyabei.