Eliud Kipchoge crowned the 45th edition of the BMW BERLIN MARATHON with a sensational world record of 2:01:39. The 33 year-old Kenyan ran his own race, leading right from the start. Finishing with 2:01:39 he improved the mark from Dennis Kimetto – the Kenyan ran 2:02:57 in Berlin in 2014 – by 1:18 minutes. This is the biggest improvement in the history of the men’s marathon world record for more than 50 years.
There was a unique result in the women’s race as well: Gladys Cherono defended her title with a superb course record of 2:18:11. This is also a world leading time. Cherono became the fourth fastest runner in history and won the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the third time. It is the first time that three runners clocked sub 2:19 times in one race. Ruti Aga took second with 2:18:34 while fellow-Ethiopian and pre-race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba finished third in 2:18:55.