Kipchoge, Cherono triumph in Berlin Marathon

Andrew Cummings
September 24, 2017

There looked like being a massive upset as Adola began to distance Kipchoge in the latter stages, but the 32-year-old was far from out of the race and slowly began to reel his opponent in.

It will be just the second time this trio has raced one another in a marathon, but the first time they have done so on a course that has played host to the past six world records.

Two of the favorites to chase the world record did not factor into the race.

"Tomorrow is another day and I am absolutely confident that the World Record is still in my legs", said Kipchoge.

The long-distance champion from Kenya fought off a surprise challenge from 26-year-old Ethiopian debutant Guye Adola, who finished 14 seconds later in second place. Inspired by clouds, for the first time ever, BOOST is reimagined in a white and silver marble pattern. adidas athletes Kipsang, Makau and Kandie to wear the revolutionary shoe to achieve new records in Berlin. Instead of 60:45, the top group passed through 13.1 miles in 61:29; an even split race from there would have exactly tied Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57.

Kipsang, who won in Berlin four years ago in a world record of 2:03.23, stopped suddenly at the 30 kilometer mark, clearly unwell.

Kipchoge's 2:03:32 is a world-leading time and 27 seconds off his legal PB of 2:03:05. Defending champion Kenenisa Bekele has also fallen off the pace after an impressive start. 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. Then it was a two-woman contest between Cherono and Aiyabei but the elder Kenyan's experience won out and she earned her second Berlin title with a final time of 2:20:23. Adola, according to stat man Ken Nakamura, has a lifetime best over the half-marathon of 59:06, is now the second-fastest Ethiopian of all-time, ahead of the great Haile Gebrselassie.

With two kilometres to run Kipchoge made his move and Adola had no response, leaving the 2015 victor to pull clear and take another impressive victory - his eighth in nine marathon starts.

The next Abbott World Marathon Major is the Chicago Marathon on October 8.

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