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Kenyan ace Eliud Kipchoge sweeps the 44th Berlin Marathon | Coastweek

BERLIN Germany -- Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge seen [left] winning the 44th edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 34 seconds but missed his bid to break the world record here on Sunday. In the women’s competition Kenya’s Gladys Cherono [right] won the Berlin Marathon for the second time, in 2:20:23. PHOTOS - COURTESY: BERLIN MARATHON

Kenyan ace Eliud Kipchoge sweeps the 44th Berlin Marathon

BERLIN (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge won the 44th edition of the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 34 seconds but missed his bid to break the world record here on Sunday.

Kenya’s Kipchoge reaped his second victory in Berlin after shrugging off resilient Guye Adola, who made his marathon debut, at kilometer 40 to cross the finish line as the winner.

Rainy weather conditions were an in issue for some of the elite runners as Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele dropped out as the marathon progressed.

Hence, Kipchoge and debutant Adola battled for the win on the rainy streets of Berlin.

Adola even tried to outpace Kipchoge at kilometer 37 but the Olympic champion remained unimpressed and caught up only four minutes later.

Kipchoge quickly recovered from the comeback and piled on the pressure to run out a gap, which allowed him to cross the finish line with two hours, three minutes and 32 seconds, followed by debutant Guye Adola, who came in 14 seconds adrift.

Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew finished 3rd after clocking two hours, six minutes and 12 seconds.

Dennis Kimetto’s world record time from 2014 of 2:03:57 still stands as the adverse weather conditions made it impossible to run out a new world record.

"This was my hardest marathon ever since the weather wasn’t conducive for a World Record.

"The grounds were slippery because of the rain but fortunately there wasn’t too much wind.

"I still think that I can break the world record," Eliud Kipchoge said after race.

In the women’s competition Kenya’s Gladys Cherono won the Berlin Marathon for the second time, in 2:20:23.

Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga finished 2nd with an 18 seconds gap, followed by third placed Valary Aiyabei with an official time of 2:20:53.

The Berlin Marathon is annually held in Germany’s capital and is a citywide road race with the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers.

             

 

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