Tigist Assefa of Ethiopia on Sunday shattered her Personal Best by 18 minutes to win the women's marathon in Berlin ahead of Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru and Ethiopia’s Tigist Abayechew.
Assefa won the race in 2:15:37, the third-fastest time in history. Only Brigid Kosgei (2:14:14 in Chicago in 2019) and Paula Radcliffe (2:15:25 in London in 2003) have gone faster.
“I wasn't afraid of my rivals, even though they had faster times than me,” Assefa said.
Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru was second on her debut in 2:18:00 – the second fastest debut ever run – just ahead of Ethiopian runner Tigist Abayechew in 2:18:03.
Conditions in the German capital were ideal for fast racing – cool, around 52 degrees (11 degrees Celsius) after a night of showers, with no more precipitation and no wind. Some 45,527 runners from 157 nations were registered to take part in the first Berlin Marathon without restrictions since the coronavirus pandemic began.