45th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on 16 September 2018

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Eliud Kipchoge smashes World Record, Gladys Cherono sets Course Record and world lead


Eliud Kipchoge crowned the 45th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON with a fantastic world record in 2:01:39. The 33-year-old Kenyan led from the start, following his own schedule and was never challenged for the lead. When he crossed the finish line he had obliterated the world record of 2:02:57, set by his compatriot Dennis Kimetto four years ago in Berlin, taking the huge margin of one minute, 18 seconds off that time. It is the biggest advance in the men’s marathon world record for over 50 years since the Australian Derek Clayton ran 2:09:36 in Fukuoka in 1967, slicing two-and-a-half minutes from the record. It is also the eleventh world record in the history of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
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Eliud Kipchoge, Marathon Champion: All Good Things come in Fours


He is unbeaten since 2014 and during this time has won eight marathons including the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016. Kipchoge has also covered the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres in 2:00:25 in a sponsored test run in Monza in May, 2017, two and a half minutes faster than any human being had previously achieved. Eliud Kipchoge is without a doubt the best marathon runner of all time. The one thing missing is the world record.
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Last year rain and wet roads got in the way to challenge the world record. Surprisingly a maratrhon newcomer challenged the champion until late in the race - Guye Adola from Ethiopia.

Strong women´s field led by Dibaba in Berlin


The strongest women’s field in the history of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will line up for the 45th edition on Sunday, including perhaps the greatesfemale long distance runner of all time, Tirunesh Dibaba. Among the Ethiopian’s rivals will be last year’s winner, Kenya’s Gladys Cherono and her compatriot Edna Kiplagat, a double World champion.
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Tirunesh Dibaba auaf der Pressekonferenz am Donnerstag

Tirunesh Dibaba : Her objective is to run faster than ever before


Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia is the top name in the women’s field for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2018. The record of her achievements is impressive indeed, winning three gold medals in total at the Olympic Games of 2008 and 2012 and five-times a World champion on three consecutive occasions – 2003, 2005 and 2007 and again in 2013. For good measure she has won the World Cross Country title four times. Her best time of 2:17:56, set at the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2017, is the third fastest ever by a woman. Her target in Berlin is at least to break her personal best. The fastest ever time by a woman is currently held by Paula Radcliffe who ran 2:15:25 to break the world record in 2002.
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Olympic gold over 10,000 m in 2012.

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