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Kenya’s Kipchoge breaks own Marathon World record in Berlin

David GOMBE

Global icon Eliud Kipchoge clocked 2:01:09 to break his own Marathon World record in Berlin on Sunday.

He shaved 30 seconds off his previous world record of 2:01:39 which he recorded in Berlin in 2018.

Fellow Kenyan Mark Korir completed a one-two finish for the African nation, four minutes and 49 seconds behind, with Ethiopian Tadu Abate third.

The Kenyan has now won 15 of his 17 career marathons, including two Olympic triumphs and 10 major titles.

Kipchoge is the only man to run a sub-two hour marathon when he clocked 1:59.40 on a specially designed track in Vienna in 2019 but the time is not officially recognized as it was not set in competition.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa won the women’s Berlin Marathon with the third fastest time in history of 2:15:37.

Men’s results

1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 2:01:09 (WR)

2. Mark Korir (KEN) 2:05:58

3. Tadu Abate (ETH) 2:06:28

4. Andamlak Belihu (ETH) 2:06:40

5. Abel Kipchumba (KEN) 2:06:49

Women’s results:

1. Tigist Assefa (ETH) 2:15:37

2. Rosemary Wanjiru(KEN) 2:18:00

3. Tigist Abayechew (ETH) 2:18:03

4. Workenesh Edesa(ETH) 2:18:51

5. Sisay Meseret Gola (ETH) 2:20:58

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