Kipchoge wins Berlin marathon

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But whether the record set on the same course three years ago survives or not, the spectacle of these performers contesting a serious prize should make for a historic race.

The rainy conditions soon took their toll, however, and the elite men had drifted outside world record pace by the 12km mark.

Olympic champion Kipchoge, who has the third-fastest personal best time of two hours, three minutes and five seconds, is keen to break the two-hour barrier and set a world record which now stands at two hours, two minutes, 57 seconds.

Kipchoge was however given a run for his money in the last few kilometers of the race by debutant Guye Adola of Ethiopia whom he was only able to shake off with two kilometer to go. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41 and Valary Aiyabei of Kenya is third with 2:20:53. "It should not be lost to people that he is the third fastest runner with a time of 2:03:05", Korir reiterated.

In the women's race, Gladys Cherono of Kenya surged ahead of the pack to finish in 2:20:21, winning her second Berlin Marathon. The 32-year-old Kenyan was the crowd favorite for the win and the world record after clocking 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 event in May. But Kipchoge was running the tangents, and Adola wasn't.

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Kipchoge has run 2:05:00 or faster six times, and his fastest official marathon time of 2:03:05 past year was set on a London course that is historically much slower than Berlin, where the last six men's world records have been set since 2003.

It will be just the second time this trio has raced one another in a marathon, but the first time they have done so on a course that has played host to the past six world records. That result was also in Berlin. He was seen vomiting on the side of the road. Kipsang and Bekele, former Berlin champions and all-time greats, were not sold on the torrid pace but it would turn out not to matter, as heavy rains and humidity lingering around 90 percent significantly slowed the projected pace.

There looked like being a massive upset as Adola began to distance Kipchoge in the latter stages, but the 32-year-old was far from out of the race and slowly began to reel his opponent in.

The next World Marathon Major on the calendar is the Chicago Marathon, taking place on October 8.

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