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Kipchoge Wins Berlin Marathon, Sets Another Marathon Record

Eliud Kipchoge

September 25, (THEWILL) – At the 2022 Berlin Marathon on Sunday, Eliud Kipchoge set a new record with a time of two hours, one minute, and nine seconds.

The legendary Kenyan athlete won the marathon in Berlin for the fourth time, adding to victories in 2015, 2017, and 2018, and, in doing so, cut 30 seconds off his very own previous record for the marathon. His closest rival was fellow Kenyan Mark Korir, who came in second place and finished nearly five minutes later.

The previous record was in jeopardy even by the midway stage in Berlin. In less than an hour, Kipchoge reached the halfway point and completed the 40-kilometer milestone in one hour, 54 minutes, 49 seconds. With 90 seconds left, he crossed the Brandenburg Gate, 350 metres from the finish line, cruised the last stretch, clasped his hands as he crossed the finish line, and then embraced his coach.

The marathon World Record has now been broken 12 times, with Berlin’s renowned flat track. Seven of those new records since 2003 have been set by Kenyan runners.

Kipchoge’s new record is perilously near to the fabled two-hour mark. The Kenyan broke that barrier for the first time in history back in 2019, but as his run was not authorised by the IAAF, it is not recognised as a World Record. With his fourth victory in Berlin, Kipchoge has tied the all-time mark set by the legendary Ethiopian athlete Haile Gebreselassie.