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