Eliud Kipchoge, Gladys Cherono shine at Berlin Marathon - Kenyans shower them with praise
SPORTS By Robert Abong'o | September 16th 2018 | 2 min read
Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has won the 45th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany, breaking the world record at just 2:01:39.
The world record has now officially been broken for the sixth time.
Kipchoge blazed his way to the finish line in 2 hours, one minute and 39 seconds, eclipsing the record set by another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto in 2014.
Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang secured a Kenyan 1-2-3 finish – crossing the finish line at 2:06:23 and 2:06:48 respectively.
In the women’s race, Kenya’s Gladys Cherono crossed the finish line first in two hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds to win the women’s race at the 45th edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon.
Ethiopian duo Aga Ruti and Tirunesh Dibaba finished second and third – clocking 2:18:34 and 2:18:55 respectively.
Another Kenyan, Edna Kiplagat finished fourth in 2:21:18.
Kenyans took to social media to applaud the world record-breaker’s efforts, sending him heartwarming congratulatory messages as seen by Game Yetu:
Yay! Kenya is truly a superpower in distance running! A huge congratulations to @EliudKipchoge on smashing the world record in the #BerlinMarathon and to Gladys Cherono on a brilliant course record! Well done to all the runners today! — Ambassador Bob Godec (@BobGodec) September 16, 2018
I equally send my warm congratulations to Gladys Cherono for making it a Kenyan double win, and for reclaiming the women's title at the #BerlinMarathon. Thank you for flying the Kenyan Flag high, yet again.
(Photo-AFP) pic.twitter.com/l001ldY4me — Speaker. J.B. Muturi (@SpeakerJBMuturi) September 16, 2018
#BerlinMarathon Congratulations Eliud Kipchoge for smashing the world record ???????? and congratulations to Gladys Cherono for another win ???????? we are proud of you!!!. Congratulations to all our Kenyan athletes you made kenya proud. Lets Go Kenya!! let's go!!!! — Comfort Gardens (@comfort_gardens) September 16, 2018
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