Ethiopian runner Tigst Assefa has set a new world record for women’s marathon by more than two minutes at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday.
Assefa, who won the Berlin Marathon last year, clocked an impressive time of 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 53 seconds.
This remarkable performance shattered the previous women’s world record of 2 hours, 14 minutes, and 4 seconds, which was set by Brigid Kotsgei at the Chicago Marathon in 2019.
Meanwhile, on the men’s side, the legendary Eliud Kipchoge claimed victory for the fifth time at the Berlin Marathon.
However, despite his undeniable prowess, Kipchoge fell short of breaking his own world record.
Running solo from the 32-kilometer mark onward, Kipchoge showed remarkable endurance but slowed slightly as the finish line approached.
His final time of 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 42 seconds was more than a minute and a half away from the record he had set in Berlin the previous year.
Eliud Kipchoge had previously made headlines in 2019 when he broke the elusive two-hour marathon barrier in Vienna, clocking a remarkable time of 1 hour, 59 minutes, and 40 seconds.
However, this achievement was not officially recognized as a world record due to the unique circumstances of the event, which featured groups of pacemakers and drink deliveries by a cyclist, which did not conform to official regulations.
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