Five star Eliud Kipchoge makes history at Berlin Marathon with victory


ATHLETICS Five star Eliud Kipchoge makes history at Berlin Marathon with victory

Abigael Wafula 12:32 - 24.09.2023

Eliud Kipchoge has stamped authority one more time as the marathon GOAT after bagging his fifth title at the Berlin Marathon.

Eliud Kipchoge has etched his name in the annals of history one more time as the greatest marathoner of all time after his brilliant display to clinch his record fifth title at the Berlin Marathon.

Victory now means Kipchoge has surpassed Kenenisa Bekele in the number of Berlin Marathon titles since the Ethiopian had only bagged four titles with the world marathon record holder clinching his fifth.

Debutant Vincent Kipkemoi finished second in 2:03:13 as Ethiopia's Tadese Takele completed the podium in 2:03:24. Amos Kipruto, the 2022 London Marathon champion, faded to finish seventh in 2:04:49. 

The race started with more than 100 runners taking on the Berlin fast course each hoping to make a statement and hopefully qualify for the Olympic Games in 2024.

As the men passed the first kilometer, the pack of athletes had already started breaking and the leading pack consisted of Kipchoge and Kipruto.

As they passed the 5km mark, Kipchoge was still in the leading pack with Ethiopia’s Derse Kindie and another Kenyan Ronald Korir, running in third place. Kipruto was trailing behind but looking comfortable trying to close the gap.

Approaching the 10km mark, the leading pack consisted of Kipchoge and Kindie who had now made the race their own. Kipruto was leading the chasing pack which comprised Philemon Kiplimo, Tadese Takele, and Vincent Kipkemboi.

The duo of Kipchoge and Kindie passed the 15km mark in 42:46 and 42:45 looking very comfortable. Kipruto was still in the chasing pack working hard to try and close the gap which was growing wider. He passed the 15km mark in 43:38.

As they passed the 21km mark, Kipchoge was looking comfortable still leading as the 24-year-old Ethiopian still stuck on him. Ronald Korir was now running in third place solely as the chasing pack was being led by Kipruto.

Kindie then led Kipchoge to pass the 25km mark with the other runners still trailing behind as Kipruto was striving hard to close the gap. Korir and Takele were now running in fourth and fifth places.

As the duo passed the 30km mark, the battle was still between Kipchoge and the 24-year-old, both of them looking very comfortable.

Kipchoge then outsmarted the Ethiopian, Kindie who eventually withdrew from the race after covering about 32km. At the 35km mark, Kipchoge did not have any opposition and he was smiling to ease his fatigue.

The four-time London Marathon champion had no opposition as he passed the 40km mark, as he was now racing against time. A debutant, Vincent Kipkemboi, was also trying to close the gap on Kiphoge as he passed the 40km mark in a time of 1:56:37. 

Takele and Kipruto ran in third and fourth places, scrambling for the remaining podium finish. With the finish line in sight, Kipchoge put up a good fight but missed out on the world record after clocking 2:02:42.