Kipchoge Wins at Berlin, Top Competitors Drop Out

09/25/2017 - 15:44

berlin.pngBERLIN, Germany — Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya won the Berlin Marathon in 2:03:32 on Sunday — not a record, not with high humidity and intense rain during the race. In a surprise, his toughest competition was from Guy Adola of Ethiopia, who finished in 2:03:46 in his first marathon and the quickest ever debut. Third went to Felix Kandle in 2:06:12.

Gladys Cherono of Kenya won the women’s race in 2:20:21, winning for the second time at Berlin. Ruti Aga of Ethiopia was second in 2:20:41, followed by Valary Aiyabei of Kenya in 2:20:53.

Adola’s second-place finish in the men’s race was a surprise in that the chief competition had been expected from Wilson Kipsange of Kenya, who was second last year but dropped out at 30K this time. Then, last year’s winner, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia dropped out shortly afterward.

Kipchoga had won the Nike-sponsored Breaking 2 event in May in 2:00:25, though that time was not sanctioned because conditions were controlled specifically to see if a sub-2 marathon could be run.
As the rain became intense, it was obvious that a new record would not be set, even turning corners was difficult in the slippery conditions.

Adolo surged into the lead, however, and held it until nearly 25 miles. At that point, Kipchoge blew past him, finishing with a kick 14 seconds ahead of the challenger.

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