Kenya’s two-time Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge broke his personal best and set a new world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 25, 2022. This is the first Berlin Marathon held without restrictions after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 19.
Around 45,527 runners from 157 countries have registered to participate in this year’s Berlin Marathon 2022. Last year. the number of participants was almost halved under strict restrictions and the 2020 race was canceled due to the pandemic.
Kipchoge crossed the finish line in just two hours, one minute and nine seconds, bettering his previous record by 30 seconds. After the race, he said he went back with the intention of winning.
I had planned to run just for the win, but my legs were running too fast and I thought: let me try running for two hours straight.
“Overall I’m happy with the performance,” he said.
The 37-year-old, from Nandi County, Kenya, ran the first half of the race in 59 minutes and 51 seconds, suggesting he could be the first person to officially break the two-hour barrier.
In an interview after the race he said:
“There is still more in my legs, a lot more, and I hope the future is still great.”
When asked if he still felt young, he replied:
“Absolutely, my mind is still fine.”
“I’m still moving well, my body is fine and I’m still soaking up the training and the races.”
Regarding the race, he said:
“I’m happy with my preparation and I think I was so quick thanks to the teamwork.”
“It all comes down to teamwork.”
Conditions in the German capital were ideal for a fast race, with temperatures around 11°C and no rain or wind.
Kenyan Mark Korir came second almost five minutes ago, followed by Ethiopian sprinter Tadu Abate.
Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa won the women’s event in two hours, fifteen minutes and thirty-seven seconds. It was the third fastest time in history and 18 minutes faster than Assefa’s previous races.
Kipchoge, is a two-time Olympic champion and, in his fourth Berlin Marathon victory, clocked 2 hours, 1 minute and 9 seconds, breaking the world record.
In 2018, Kipchoge set the record at 2:01:39.
Kipchoge also won the Berlin Marathon in 2015, 2017 and 2018; with this victory he equals the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie who also has four victories in the Berlin Marathon.
Kipchoge has won 15 of his 17 official marathons.
In 2019, in Vienna, Kipchoge made the mark of 1:59:40, but it was not recognized as a World Record, because it was not an official race.
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