Kenya wins Gold at this year’s Berlin Marathon

Initiated in 1974, the Berlin Marathon (branded BMW Berlin Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is a major running and sporting event held annually in Berlin, Germany. The official marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers is set up as city-wide road race where professional athletes and amateur runners jointly participate. It traditionally takes place on the last weekend in September, except two weeks earlier in 2018 due to Day of German Unity preparations.

Kenya dominated this year at the 2018 edition of the Berlin Marathon that took place on September 16, the East African country recorded victories in both men’s and women’s races.

Gladys Cherono won the women’s race in a time of 2: 18:11, setting a new course record while Eliud Kipchoge won the men’s race with 2:01:40 smashing the men’s Marathon World Record. He broke the record by a minute and seventeen seconds. Gladys by her victory has won a hat-trick of marathon golds, Athletics Kenya, AK, said in a tweet. AK described Kipchoge as ‘Superhuman’ for his record-smashing feat, African News reports.

Kipchoge has won 10 of the 11 marathons he’s run. The only time he did not win was in Berlin five years ago, when he finished second, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The marathon organizers dubbed Kipchoge as the greatest marathoner of all times. “Eliud Kipchoge finishes with a new world record, that will be remembered for decades. The greatest marathon runner of all times,” they said

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