Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Athletics: Kipchoge misses record in rainy Berlin triumph

Athletics: Kipchoge misses record in rainy Berlin triumph

In the women's race, Gladys Cherono of Kenya won in 2:20:23, Ruti Aga from Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41, and Valary Ayabei of Kenya placed third in 2:20:53. Though it remains the fastest time ever for 26.2 miles, it didn't count as an official record because of the tactics used, such as the team of rotating pacesetters who aided his attempt to break two hours. He is, after all, the reigining Olympic marathon champion and ran 2:00:25 at the Nike Breaking2 project in Monza, Italy in May, a non-record-eligible environment.

Australia's Liam Adams has finished an impressive ninth at the Berlin Marathon won by Kenya's Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge on Sunday.

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.

Adola ran with gusto, making the fearless decision to pass Kipchoge at about 36.8K.

(It was between 30-35K that Dennis Kimetto ran a staggering 14:10 split during his 2:02:57 world record performance from 2014.) The pacers for the men's race were expected to take the lead pack through the halfway point in 60:45 but were 45 seconds off of that, though still under world record pace at that point.

All the three runners have won the Berlin Marathon title at one time and therefore know the course well, although history favors the Kenyans, who out of the seven world record holders, four belong to them.

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

However, there were surprises as both former world record holder Wilson Kipsang and last year's victor Kenenisa Bekele dropped out after the halfway stage. Adola, in his first marathon, finished second in 2:03:46, the quickest debut time ever. He was seen vomiting on the side of the road.

A world record didn't fall this morning at the Berlin Marathon.

Kipchoge's 2:03:32 is a world-leading time and 27 seconds off his legal PB of 2:03:05.

The 35-year-old, who only started running marathon events in 2014, came close to breaking the record in Berlin last year but lost out by six seconds, after being hindered by muscle problems.

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

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