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New records set as Kenya s Kipchoge, Cherono win Berlin Marathon races

Sunday - September 16, 2018 4:24 pm , Category : SPORTS
Berlin Sep 16 (IANS) Kenyan athletes Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono won their respective Berlin Marathon races on Sunday and set new records.
Kipchoge set a new world record in completed the course around the German capital with a time of 2 hours 1 minute 39 seconds beating his compatriot Dennis Kimetto s 2014 marathon time of 2:02:57 reports Efe news.
"The winning time is official and it is another second faster: 2:01:39 for Eliud Kipchoge! Congratulations!" tweeted the race s organizers after his provisional time was bettered by one second.
His compatriots Amos Kipruto and Wilson Kipsang completed the podium coming second and third with times of 2:06:23 and 2:06:48 respectively.
The women s race also proved victorious for Kenya with Cherono clinching a win and a new course record with a time of 2:18:10.
She was followed by Ethiopian athletes Ruti Aga (2:18:34) and Tirunesh Dibaba (2:18:55).
All three women beat the 2:19 record: "Never in the history of marathon running have three women broken 2:19 in one race!" tweeted the marathon.
Some 44 000 runners were signed up for Sunday s 42-kilometer (26-mile) marathon that culminates at the iconic Brandenburg Gate.

--IANS kk/vm

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