NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Defending champion Gladys Cherono of Kenya will
put her title on the line as she confronts multiple world and
Olympic gold medalist Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia and Edna
Kiplagat at the Berlin Marathon on Sept. 16.
assembled some of the fastest women in women marathon with hope
that they will make a serious attempt to lower the world record,
which has stood since 2003.
“The elite women’s
field for the Berlin Marathon is the strongest for many years.
We proudly present Tirunesh Dibaba, Gladys Cherono and Edna
Kiplagat. This will be a thrilling race,” the organizers said in
Cherono will be keen
to make it three wins in four attempts after clinching the gold
medal in the German capital in 2015 and 2017 while Kiplagat has
won twice the world title and celebrated numerous wins at the
Just like Dibaba,
Kiplagat will be making her debut in Berlin. “Berlin is calling.
Pleased to announce my next destination. Looking forward to
running fast time,” said Kiplagat.
However, focus will
be on 32-year-old Dibaba, who has three Olympic gold medals and
nine world titles on the track and cross country.
The Ethiopian has a
marathon personal best time of 2:17:56. That time, which she set
when finishing second at last year’s London Marathon, makes her
the third fastest woman in history.
Dibaba is keen to
beat this time in Berlin and, given ideal weather conditions,
might even get close to the world record of 2:15:25, set by
Paula Radcliffe in 2003.
Cherono regained the
Berlin Marathon title last year in 2:20:23, having won in 2015
with a best time of 2:19:25.
Kiplagat, 38, won
world titles in 2011 and 2013 and nearly picked up a third gold
medal in London last year, eventually settling for silver by
just seven seconds.
The Kenyan set her
personal best time of 2:19:50 in 2012 and is a previous winner
in London, New York and Boston.
Mergia set her best time of 2:19:31 on the second of her three
Dubai Marathon victories.
The 2010 London
Marathon champion will be returning to Berlin for the first time
since taking the world bronze medal in the German capital back
Melese joined the sub-2:20 club earlier this year, clocking
2:19:36 to finish third in Dubai. The 28-year-old has previously
achieved marathon victories in Prague, Houston and Hangzhou.
Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga
finished second in Berlin last year in 2:20:41 and will be keen
to improve on that this year.
running an impressive 2:22:44 on her marathon debut to win in
Osaka earlier this year, Japan’s Mizuki Matsuda will line up in
Berlin for the second marathon of her career.
Kipsang trains eyes on breaking
world record, win Berlin Marathon
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Former world record holder Wilson Kipsang has
warned his critics to rule him out at their own peril as he
seeks to reclaim the Berlin Marathon title.
Speaking to Xinhua
in Nakuru on Wednesday, Kipsang, who holds a fast time of
2:03:13, which he clocked in Berlin in 2016, said he is inspired
by the prospects of breaking the 2:02:57 world record, currently
held by compatriot Dennis Kimetto.
Despite not having
won any race in 2018, the New York Marathon silver medalist is
spoiling for fight to reclaim his ranking among the elite.
Last year, Kipsang
experienced mixed fortunes after his 2017 victory in Tokyo,
dropping out of Berlin in September but bouncing back to finish
second at the New York City Marathon in November.
This year, stomach
problems forced Kipsang to stop midway through the Tokyo
Marathon course, but the 36-year old is certain he will attain
his goal of running 2:02:50.
“My main aim is the
world record,” said Kipsang. “If the temperature and weather is
ideal, then I will push for fast time.”
Kipsang is the fifth
fastest man after Kimetto (2:02:57), Olympic champion Eliud
Kipchoge (2:03:05), Emmanuel Mutai (2:03:13) and Kenenisa Bekele