Kipchoge Wins Berlin For Fifth Time
Reigning world record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon for the fifth time, in 2:02:42. Though he fell short of breaking his own world record, he does surpass Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie for the most victories in Berlin.
Following the pacemakers, Kipchoge asserted his dominance from the start, blazing through the first 5K in 14:12. Just one runner – Ethiopia’s Derseh Kindie – stuck with him; by 10K, they were a full minute ahead of the chase pack.
The pair crossed the halfway mark in 1:00:22. Kindie, who previously had a personal best of 2:08:23, held on through 30K, then dropped out shortly afterward.
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The Berlin Marathon has been the site of some of the greatest moments of Kipchoge’s career. He has won there four times before, twice setting the world record. In 2018, he took more than a minute off the previous world record, running 2:01:39. And in 2022, he lowered it by another 30 seconds with his 2:01:09.
Kipchoge, 38, was coming off an uncharacteristically lackluster performance at the Boston Marathon in April, when he finished sixth in 2:09:23. Observers were interested to see if Kipchoge could return to his previous form or if age and multiple marathoners were – finally – starting to catch up to him.
With 18 victories in 21 of his marathon starts, which include his two attempts at breaking 2 hours, Kipchoge is considered the greatest of all time. He has two gold medals in the Olympic marathon and has won 11 World Marathon Majors.