Ethiopian Tigst Assefa set a new marathon world record in Berlin. With 2:11:53 hours, it was well below the old record set by Kenyan Brigid Kosgei.
Tigst Assefa made sports history at the Berlin Marathon, breaking the women’s world record and even eclipsing star runner Eliud Kipchoge. The 38-year-old Kenyan won his favorite race in the capital in 2:02:42 hours, while Assefa won in an incredible 2:11:53 hours. The Ethiopian was more than two minutes faster than Brigid Kosgei’s previous record (2:14:04 hours).
Assefa dominates superspeed races
Last year, Assefa broke the Berlin course record with a time of 2:15:37 and became one of the world elites at 42.195 kilometers. This time, with the support of modern shoe technology, he ran a record course under perfect outdoor conditions from the start and broke away early in a super-fast race even in all areas.
With 14 degrees at the start and sunny skies later, the favorite pilot always looked comfortable on the flat course in the capital and even managed to do a sprint at the end. The last women’s world record in Berlin was set by Japan’s Naoko Takahashi in 2001; 22 years ago, she became the first athlete to stay under 2:20 with a time of 2:19:46.
Kipchoge won the men’s category, while Petros took first place with a German record
Meanwhile, with his victory, Kipchoge managed to stay well above his previous record of 2:01:09, which was set on almost the exact same day in Berlin last year. Thanks to this success, Kipchoge became the only record holder in Berlin (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022, 2023); Ethiopian legend Haile Gebrselassie won four times. Amanal Petros also had reason to be happy, increasing the German record to 2:04:58 hours and finishing ninth.
Kipchoge is now considered the undisputed ruler of the 42.195km, having twice achieved Olympic gold, breaking the 2-hour mark in laboratory conditions, breaking the official world record in Berlin in 2018 and 2022 – but his aura of invincibility has been dashed recently. At Boston in April, Kipchoge showed unusual weakness and finished only sixth. Now he is back with his success in Berlin.
Climate activists’ sticker campaign fails
Shortly before the start of the race, activists from the climate protection group Last Generation tried to block 17 June Street. The group later claimed responsibility for the attempted outage on the platform formerly known as Twitter.
As announced on the Berlin police’s former Twitter account X, some activists tried to take to the streets but were prevented by emergency services.
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