Kenya shines at Berlin Marathon as Kipchoge,Cherono Triumph

Kenya shines at Berlin Marathon as Kipchoge,Cherono Triumph

BY KORIR JUMA/AFP,24TH SEPT 2017-It was Kenya Time to shine at this years Berlin Marathon  that took place Sunday 24TH Sept.This is after Kenyas Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono led the rest to the finishing line. Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon in 2 hours, 03 minutes and 34 seconds.While in women it was Gladys Cherono who took position one in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 23 seconds.

Kipchoge ran a highly tactical race as he overtook Ethiopia’s Guye Adola at the 40km mark to win his second Berlin Marathon victory after 2015.

It zeroed down to a two horse race in the last 12km after another Kenyan Wilson Kisang dropped out.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |AFP

Adola, who was making his marathon debut, broke off from Kipchoge at the 36km mark running wide as the Kenyan stuck to the blue mark that covers the shortest distance.

It was Kipchoge’s eighth marathon wins from nine.

Adola finished second in 2:03:47, setting the fastest time by a debutant.

The much talked about World Record of 2:02:57 set at the same course by Dennis Kimetto in 2014 remained intact with the bad rainy conditions making it impossible.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |AFP

It was a five horse race past the half way mark in 1:01:13 until last year’s winner Kenenisa Bekele dropped back at the 22km mark.

Bekele, who had targeted the world record, dropped off the lead group just after the halfway mark with laboured running and eventually failed to finish.

Kipsang suddenly stopped at the 30kms point and was clearly ill.

The pace was within the World Record as Kipchoge led through 23km in 1:08:20 with Vincent Kipruto, Wilson Kipsang and Guyo Adola on his shoulder. The two pacesetters Gedion Kipketer and Sammy Kitwara guided the leading pack through.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya reacts after he crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |AFP

Kipruto would drop back at 29km before Kipsang wilted to quit at 30km where the leader Kipchoge went through at 1:27:24.

The last pacesetter Kitwara dropped out alongside Kipsang leaving the battle in the last 12km to Kipchoge and Adola.

“This was my hardest marathon ever since the weather wasn’t conducive for a World Record,” said Kipchoge. “The grounds were slippery because of the rains.”

Kipchoge said that Adola’s challenge in the last 10km surprised him but he had to concentrate to win the race.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya smiles after winning the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya smiles after winning the Berlin Marathon on September 24, 2017 in Berlin. PHOTO | MICHELE TANTUSSI |AFP

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